Biography & Net Worth Of John Okafor

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John Ikechukwu Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu , is a Nigerian actor and comedian. Okafor is considered to be one of Nigeria's most talented comic characters. His humorous acting is often characterized by stupidity, hilarious imbecility and a sharp disconnection from reality.

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John Okafor Biography

John Ikechukwu Okafor was born on October 17, 1961. He hails from Nkanu West L.G., Enugu State. After elementary school, in 1974, Okafor moved to Sapele to stay with his brother, after his father’s demise. In Sapele, he did menial jobs so he could sponsor himself to school and support his family. He then worked as a hairstylist, ventured into photography and also worked in a company that produces crates.

After secondary school, he was admitted into the College of Education, Yola, but pulled out due to financial difficulties. He later enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) as soon as he was financially able to.

John Okafor Personal Life

John is currently married to Stella Maris Okafor – actress and model.

His hobbies include driving, cracking jokes, playing draft and watching football. 

John Okafor Early Life

Okafor worked in Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS). While he was there, he was casted in the soap opera Ogbu Anyanwu and Kwere Kira. Also, he was once a martial artist. He practised Shotokan Karate for 16 years and got a black belt in 1983. Also, Mr Ibu is a member of the Karate Federation of Nigeria. According to him, he was the first instructor who taught Karate in federal government colleges in Nigeria. 

John Okafor was once a trader. He collaborated with some of his friends. They bought fairly used shoes, shirts, medical equipment et.c from Niger and sold them in Nigeria.

Early Career

Firstly, Okafor starred in a soap opera at the Anambra Broadcasting Service. Later on, he began professionally as a production assistant. While doing that, he learnt the rudiments of film production while diligently working with the producers. 

In the process, producers started discovering his comic side. He was specifically discovered by Alex Ezeamaku, the MD, Zalex Production. Alex gave John a role in 1997. Okafor acted as an imbecile and played the role to the delight of the directors. Thereafter, he began to star in movies and was drawing comedy inspiration from Nkem Owoh, Zebrudaya and co. Today, he is a gallant actor and has starred in hundreds of movies. 

As a producer, Okafor produce movies yearly. He is known for producing Mr Ibu, Naomi, Allegations and other comedy movies. Also, he has starred with A list actors like Patience Ozokwor, Pete Edochie, Chinedu Ikedieze, Osita Iheme, Monalisa Chinda e.t.c   

Films

Some of the movies he featured include; 

  • Agony, 1998

  • Vuga, 2000

  • Police Recruit, 2003

  • Nicodemus, 2003

  • Ngozi: Abeg Marry Us, 2003

  • Naomi, 2003

  • Informant, 2003

  • Fresh Pain, 2003

  • Civil War, 2003

  • Bullet, 2003

  • Unbreakable, 2004

  • Mr Ibu in London, 2004

  • Mr Ibu, 2004

  • James & John, 2004

  • Dollars from Germany, 2004

  • The Councillor, 2005

  • Joshua, 2005

  • Common Sense, 2005

  • Circles of Live, 2005

  • 9 Wives, 2005

  • The Return of Mama-G, 2006

  • The Journalist, 2006

  • Sweet Mama, 2006

  • Store Keeper, 2006

  • Recharge Card, 2006

  • Over Heat, 2006

  • Men on the Run, 2006

  • Four Forty, 2006

  • Final Surrender, 2006

  • Dear Mama, 2006

  • Chelsea/Liverpool, 2006

  • Captain, 2006

  • Brainwash, 2006

  • Fool at 40, 2006

  • Toronto Connection, 2007

  • Keziah, 2007

  • How Far, 2007

  • Bafana Bafana, 2007

  • Basket Mouth, 2007

  • Desperate Search, 2007

  • The Tusk of Life, 2008

  • Mental Case, 2008

  • Yahoozee Prophets, 2009

  • Most Wanted Kidnappers, 2010

  • Open & Close, 2011

  • Honeymoon Guys, 2015

Awards And Recognition

Okafor has been awarded as the Best Comedian by the Governor of Enugu State. He was also awarded best comedian by Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.  His other awards include;  

  • Best Movie Actor of the Year, Peace Ambassadors of Nigeria, 2014

  • Awards of Excellence, Magic Lens Africa Film Academy, 2016

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John Okafor Net Worth 

Okafor is worth $4.2 million. He is one of the most popular Nigerian actor. Also, he was endorsed by Merrybet and Gotv in 2014.

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