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Mr Ibu celebrated in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, four other countries – Manager

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Dominic Nwuzoru, the manager of Late Nollywood actor John Okafor, a.k.a. Mr Ibu, has stated that the late comedian was even more popular in countries such as Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Gambia, Gabon, and Botswana when he was alive.

He added that Mr. Ibu always carried the Nigerian flag as a symbol of his love for his country and that he advanced peace and unity throughout Africa with his comedy.

He disclosed this in an interview with the Press on Sunday in Abuja.

According to him, the late comic received numerous accolades and recognitions from authorities and communities throughout Africa during his lifetime.

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Nwuzoru stated that the late actor used his artistry to project Nigeria in a positive light around the world, particularly in countries where bad rumors about Nigeria had been circulated.

He said:

“I remember vividly, how two warring tribes in Ghana came together for the first time because of John’s performance and he ended up reconciling them,” Nwuzoru said.

“He was thereafter given a Chieftaincy title as the ‘Malangula I of Tamale Land’, meaning the peacemaker, and I was named the ‘Ngulala’, meaning the mouthpiece of the peacemaker.

“When we went to Botswana, he held the Nigerian flag when we landed to show how proud and patriotic he was because they were hearing a lot of negative things about Nigeria then.

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“He was a man I would say made Africans laugh and was held in high esteem like a people’s leader across Africa.”

“Mr Ibu, as John was popularly known, was not just an actor, but Nollywood ambassador that used his talent and humour to promote peace, happiness and unity among Africans.

“I signed John in 2004, and then our relationship grew beyond that of business to become that of friendship as we have become so close till his death.

“The deal started with first two years, and I did not bother him with the aspects of Nigerian movies, so he could deal with anyone on Nigerian movies.

“But for anything concerning international showbiz, I have to discuss with the promoters on the basic access requirements and then we would move.

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“There was no airport, especially in Africa, where crowd of fans would not gather to welcome John, and that was how I realised his popularity outside the shores of Nigeria.

“I can tell you that he was even more celebrated in countries like Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Gambia, Garbon, Botswana and he always held the Nigerian flag showing his love for his country,”

Then, John was one of the positive things other countries wanted to hear about Nigeria and everybody looked forward to meet him, including presidents of nations.

“For example, even a two-year-old child in Ghana knows Mr Ibu, and one thing about him was his friendliness and originality, as everything he does is just himself and does not copy anyone.

“Foreigners fell in love with Nigeria through John and wanted to visit the country because of him, as we got calls from even the Caribbean.”

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Actress Obey Etok Chima loses father on eve of husband’s funeral

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Nollywood actress Obey Etok Chima has sadly experienced the loss of her father, occurring just hours before the scheduled burial of her husband.

Taking to her social media platforms, the actress shared the heartbreaking news of her father’s passing.

On Facebook, Obey revealed that her father departed in the early hours of Thursday morning, lamenting the timing as it coincided with the eve of her husband’s funeral.

Expressing her grief, she wrote, “What a tragedy, 2024. I just lost my dad early hours of yesterday 11th April. Just a day to bury my husband. It is well.”

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Via her Instagram account, Obey further reflected on the sorrowful happenings, describing the loss of her father as “another blow” amidst the already sorrowful occasion of her husband’s burial.

“Another blow on me. I just lost my dad and I am burying my husband today. It is well oo,” she penned.

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VeryDarkMan denies rumorus of leaked sex tape

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Some time ago, rumours were circulating that VeryDarkMan was involved in a scandalous video of a homosexual nature, partly instigated by Bobrisky, with whom VeryDarkMan had previous conflicts.

VeryDarkMan took to Instagram to address the issue directly, sending a message to curious Nigerians.

“All the people when say them get video of me and man,till now none of them drop video 2 if anybody get video E for don leak by now.internet is a yeye place……one thing about me I will show you evidences Good evidences……them get video na hin them no leak am since • all those things was to make vdm not talk about evuuul again..there is a reason i confessed all my sins before starting this whole online fyghtyn against evulll in the society.”

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Junior Pope: Ini Edo mourns, calls for reforms in Nollywood

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Nollywood actress Ini Edo has responded to the tragic death of her colleague, Junior Pope Odonwodo, famously known as Junior Pope, who lost his life in a river while filming a movie.

Expressing her anger, Ini criticized the inadequate structure of the industry, which she believes was responsible for to such tragedies.

She mourned the loss of the actor and emphasized that his death should serve as a wake-up call for the implementation of proper regulations and structures to ensure safety during productions.

Ini trolled her colleague, Adanma Luke, who produced movie, urging those who are not qualified for such roles to refrain from undertaking them due to the negligence that can result.

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The actress, who is also a mother, described Junior Pope’s death as a sacrifice that should prompt significant changes within the industry.

She stressed the need for a comprehensive overhaul of the system, with the implementation of practical rules and regulations to address emergencies and safeguard everyone involved.

Reflecting on the untimely loss of Junior Pope, she lamented the departure of the “good ones” and expressed deep sorrow over his death.

“Jnr Pope did not have to sacrifice his life for nollywood to realize the need for a long and much needed regulatory structure that would safeguard an entire production . Yes .. every one is a producer now and all are guilty of negligence of some sort.. and this has to stop. This is one sacrifice too many and must count for something … The system has to undergo a total overhaul with practical rules and regulations that caters to everyone in cases of emergencies…. I will never understand why the good ones go so soon‍♀️

Rest on brother … This one cuts really deep.”

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