I was beaten because of roles I play in movies – Mr Ibu

Mr Ibu

Actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has recounted some of the challenges he faced in the early days of his career.

In an interview with Punch published on Sunday, the actor said he encountered a lot of bad people and was publicly beaten because of the roles he played.

He said: “My experience in the industry has been nice but in the course building my career, I encountered a lot of bad people. I was beaten publicly several times because of the roles I have played. I have also received slaps for free but those incidents did not get me angry.”

Speaking on how he feels about entertainers not campaigning for politicians, he said: “I am completely okay with it. I have rejected many invitations to be part of the campaigns of politicians. Any politician that does not have the interest of the people at heart should not be voted for.

“Many of them will use every language they know to get on the good side of the public and get their votes. But, when they get into office, they would not give the public what they promised. That is why it is hard for me to go for campaigns. I walked into Tinubu’s own. I was told he called us for a meeting. I walked in and saw a campaign going on.”

Mr Ibu is well known for playing the character of a funny man who other characters find annoying.

Some of his movies include Sherikoko, Ibu goes to School, Bizzy Body, Kezaiah, The Journalist, Toronto Connection and others.