Mr. Ibu Narrates How Michael Bolton’s Song Saved Him From Committing Suicide


Nollywood Actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu has narrated how he almost jumped into a well to commit suicide several years ago when the man he was living with at Ajao Estate area of Oshodi, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria threw him out of his house.

Mr. Ibu, who narrated his story as a guest on Brilla FM with Murphy Ijemba, said his friend whom he was staying with at Ajao Estate suddenly decided to throw him out of his house and he felt frustrated and decided to end his life.

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According to the actor, he had already opened a well to jump inside when he heard  Michael Bolton’s song “When I am back on my feet again,” being played from a neighbour’s house and that that saved him from jumping into the well.

John Okafor (Mr Ibu) 3
John Okafor (Mr. Ibu)

“I went back from where I was standing before and the guy who was living in the next building, he was playing Michael Bolton and the title of the song was “when I am back on my feet again.” I listened to it. I covered the well back, I went back closer and the man singing was talking to me straight. After I listened to that music, I said God would have hated me if I had killed myself. God would have driven me away from his kingdom. I would have been in hell.

“After the music finished playing, I discovered my new self and I said, well, the guy threw out my bags and clothes on the floor, I left them there. I was still wearing what I wore that day. I left the compound and I was looking for a place like uncompleted building or abandoned vehicle so that I can clean it up to sleep.

“I saw a trailer parked and I decided to sleep there, all of a sudden, in that trailer, I saw the marks of dogs and I decided not to sleep there anymore for fear of the dogs. I worked into the street and I saw some crowd gathered at Ajao Estate, I met some colleagues, I was given a script to read but because I had not eaten anything and my sight was bad, I could not read it.

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He said after that, an unknown lady who was just a fan offered him a place to stay.” I reserve my biggest thanks to that girl, one Sandra Eze, God will pick you up and collect your case file. Everything must be yours.”

John Okafor said due to what happened to him in the past, he could not watch anybody shedding tears before him and that he would go an extra mile to offer help to people.

 “I go the extra mile to help them, I don’t have to know you, I have taken people out of this country who are not my relatives, I just met them on the streets. I don’t have to know you, the issue is that I just reflected what happened to me years back, I made up my mind that assisting people will be a key thing in my life.”

John Okafor came into limelight in 2004 after playing the role of ‘Mr. Ibu‘ in the Hit Comic Movie titled ‘Mr. Ibu”.

He has acted in more than 200 movies including Mr.Ibu (2004), Mr.Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007).

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Mr. Ibu has won African Magic Viewer Choice Award and other International awards. He entered an endorsement deal with merrybet and Gotv in 2014.

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