Tinubu mourns ace Nollywood actors, Mr Ibu, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji

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By Mathew Dadiya and By Tony Oraeki, Awka

President Bola Tinubu said he received with deep sadness the news of the passing of two of Nigeria’s ace comic actors, John Okafor, famously known as Mr. Ibu, and Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, popularly known as Sisi Quadri.

The President condoled with the families of these gifted thespians who brought joy and relief to millions of Nigerians by the exercise of their geniuses.

Tinubu exhorted the bereaved to take solace in the truth that even though these beloved Nigerians have passed on, they will always live through their works which will remain an inspiration and a fount of good cheer for many.

He also commiserated with the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), and the entire creative community, assuring them of his support, thoughts, and prayers in this time of grief.

President Tinubu prayed for the peaceful repose of the souls of the departed and comfort for all those in mourning.

Also, Anambra state governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, has expressed shock over the death of Nollywood actor, Mr. John Okafor popularly called Mr. Ibu.

In a press statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Christian Aburime yesterday said Soludo regretted that Mr. Okafor’s death on March 2, 2024 has left a significant void in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The Governor further recalled that the late actor’s comedic genius, infectious laughter, and captivating screen presence brought joy and laughter to millions across the country and beyond.

Governor Soludo noted that having acted in over 200 movies in his career, it is acknowledged that the immense contributions Mr. Okafor made to the growth and development of Nollywood and the creative industry will remain evergreen.

He remarked that his dedication to his craft and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages cemented his place as a true legend of the industry.

Soludo declared, “On behalf of the government and people of Anambra state, commiserates with Mr. Okafor’s family, friends, and colleagues including the Actors Guild of Nigeria during this difficult time.”

Recalling the immense strength and resilience the late actor demonstrated during his health challenges, the governor prayed that his spirit of perseverance in the face of adversity serves as an inspiration to all.