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Nollywood actor Mr Ibu to be buried three months after his death

The burial arrangements for late Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, have been announced by his family.

Mr Ibu will be laid to rest on June 28, 2024.

The burial date was announced on April 13 by Mr. Ibu’s elder brother, Okafor, who mentioned that the actor would be given a grand send-off, hence the postponement of the burial.

According to a statement issued by the family and the burial committee, Mr Ibu will be laid to rest in his hometown, Amuri, in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.

“The Okafor family of Eziokwe Amuri, Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State wishes to honour the loving memory of our hero and legend, John Ikechukwu Okafor, who even in death left a legacy of love, laughter and vibrancy.

“We would appreciate your esteemed presence as we lay our son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and in-law to rest on June 28, 2024.

“Please join us as we share the best and final moments with our icon,” the statement read.

The iconic actor passed away at a hospital in Nigeria on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

The five-day burial ceremony will begin on Tuesday, June 25, with a high-profile novelty match in honour of the late actor.

On Wednesday 26 June, a special event called ‘Mr Ibu’s Night’ will be held, with a candlelight procession and live entertainment to celebrate his life and legacy.

On Thursday, June 27, a Christian wake will be held at Mr Ibu’s compound in Eziokwe, Amuri, Nkanu West for family, friends and fans to pay their respects and share memories of the beloved actor.

Finally, the funeral service will be held on Friday, June 28, to bid farewell to Mr. Ibu and honour his contributions to the Nigerian film industry.

The funeral ceremonies will conclude on Sunday, June 30, with a church thanksgiving service where family, friends and well-wishers are invited to gather and give thanks for Mr Ibu’s life.

The actor has been hospitalised since September 2023.

Nigerians are one of the countries notorious for the length of time that elapses between the death of a loved one and their burial.

This delay can be attributed to various factors, including cultural, religious and socio-environmental reasons.