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Nollywood mourns two actors in quick succession

Renowned Nigerian actor and comedian, Mr. Ibu, whose real name is John Okafor, died on Saturday at the Evercare Hospital, Lagos State, after a long battle with illness.

Born on October 17, 1961, in Enugu State, Mr. Ibu’s journey to fame began with his distinctive style of comedy characterized by exaggerated facial expressions, body language, and witty dialogue delivery. He quickly became a beloved figure in Nollywood, captivating audiences with his unique talent.

One of his most memorable roles was in the movie “Mr. Ibu,” where he showcased his incredible comedic prowess. The film became a major success and solidified his status as a comedic legend.

His impact on the Nigerian entertainment scene cannot be overstated, as he brought joy and laughter to millions of people.

Meanwhile, in 2019, it was reported that Mr. Ibu was battling with diseased blood vessels and other health challenges that eventually led to the amputation of his legs in 2023.

Throughout his illness, he received an outpouring of financial support and well-wishes from fans, colleagues, and well-wishers across Nigeria and beyond.

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Sadly, Mr. Ibu reportedly had a cardiac arrest yesterday and passed away at the age of 62. He will be remembered for his iconic contributions to the movie industry.

In another unfortunate incident, on March 1, 2024, popular Yoruba actor Tolani Quadri, known as Sisi Quadri, also reportedly passed away due to kidney-related issues. Sisi Quadri, who hailed from Osun State, was 44 years old at the time of his death.

According to a close relative of Sisi Quadri who spoke to the press, “He was experiencing severe and persistent hiccups, so the family rushed him to a private hospital in Iwo five days ago. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it out alive.”

Sisi Quadri began his career in the early 2000s and appeared in various Yoruba movies, including Ide, Koto Oorun, Koto Aye, Eran Iya Oshogbo, and Seniyan Seranko.

He was also featured in the newly produced Nollywood series, “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre,” produced by Kunle Afolayan. The news of his death was shared by his colleagues on social media, and he was reportedly buried yesterday according to Islamic rites.

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