John Okafor, aka Mr. Ibu, commands a huge fan base and he is in fact one of the most popular actors in the country.
While many may be willing to trade their limbs for the type of fame Mr. Ibu has, the comic actor is not entirely happy about his status. He told Sunday Scoop, “A lot of people think I’m stupid and foolish because of the roles I play in movies.
At times, when I have something meaningful to say, people don’t take me serious as they think I’m cracking jokes. People also think that I’m an illiterate but that’s not true. I come from a humble background and I struggled a lot while growing up.
My parents weren’t well-to-do so I had to hustle to download whatever I wanted by myself. We were basically living from hand to mouth and our situation was quite pathetic. However, despite our lack, I still considered education as a priority and I always had it at the back of my mind that I would keep learning.
I attended the Institute of Management and Technology for my tertiary education though I was a part-time student.”
Continuing, he said, “Due to lack of funds, there were times I had to stop schooling, but I always continued after sometime. What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a deep thinker and I like to meditate on issues.
For example, I have a lot of plans for Nollywood and I hope the government can pay more attention to this sector. Nollywood has helped to propagate Nigeria’s culture across the world, and even in far flung countries where you wouldn’t expect, they have seen Nollywood movies there. That should tell you that Nollywood is too important not to be taken serious.
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