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I almost committed suicide but my mother saved me – John Okafor

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Celebrity Gist: Most celebrities pass through a lot before attaining stardom. Comic Nollywood Actor John Okafor popularly known as Mr Ibu has opened up on how he almost ended his life due to hardship but God used his mum to save him.

Nollywood Comic actor John Okafor

Nollywood Comic actor John Okafor

According to reports, Mr Ibu revealed to Saturday Beats that there was a point in his life things were so hard he could barely feed himself. He also stated that he had no roof to lay his head and he thought suicide was the best option.

Here’s what he revealed:

“Do you know that there was a day that i had prepared to kill myself in Ajao Estate? That day i was prepared to jump into a well because of the situation that surrounded me.
Three days before that day, i had not eaten and i did not have hope of eating for the next week. I was only surviving on water and i hate it when i bother anyone.
Most of my close friends were not bothered about my well being, even though it was obvious that i was not alright.” – John Okafor

The comedian continued his story:

“I remember December 18, 1997, a friend of mine whom i squatted with called me in the morning and said he would be going home for Christmas and he did not want anyone to be in his room. I assured him that no one would come to his place but he said he wanted me out of his room. I told him that i didnt have another place to stay and he should trust me that as usual, i will take good care of his place.
Though i was older than him, i did all the washing and cleaning of the house to the extent that i washed his panties and underwear. I did that so that i could have a roof on my head.
But out of anger, my friend went into his room, brought out all my things and threw them outside. Then he told me to leave his house, locked the door and left.”

New Mr IBU Photo 2017

Nollywood Actor John Okafor a.k.a Mr IBU

John Okafor went further to say:

“From where i was seated, i was looking at the well. I thought to myself Is it not a better option to end my life by jumping into the well so that when people return in the evening and they need water, they would discover my body and my friend will know that he was the reason i committed suicide.
I went to the well and as i opened the lid and prepared to jump inside, the image of my mother flashed through my mind. I quickly closed the well and began to wonder how my mother knew that i wanted to kill myself.
My mother was still alive at that time, she was 84 years old. I went back and leaned by a wall. A neigbour Francis was playing a song by Michael Bolton titled ‘When i am back on my feet again.’ The song gave me hope and i decided to stay alive” – John Okafor

John Okafor and Pregnant Wife

John Okafor and Pregnant Wife

Thank God for using his mother’s image to save the life of this great actor Mr Ibu. What words do you have for him?

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