On Tuesday, October 17, Nollywood icon John Okafor, fondly known as Mr. Ibu, celebrated his 62nd birthday.
However, this year’s celebration was quite different, as the beloved actor marked the special day from a hospital room, battling health issues.
In a heartfelt video shared on Mr. Ibu’s Instagram account, he could be seen in a hospital gown, surrounded by his wife, children, and close family members who came to celebrate with him.
Despite the hospital setting, a birthday cake sat prominently on a table, symbolizing the joy and love that filled the room.
Jasmine Okafor, the actor’s daughter, took to Instagram to share the emotional journey her father had been on, revealing that he had been in the health facility for two weeks.
She expressed her heartbreak that her father had to spend his “joyous” day in the hospital instead of at home but maintained an optimistic outlook.
“Happy birthday Daddy @realmribu! It breaks my heart that we are celebrating you today from the Hospital bed. My greatest wish today is that God crowns you with Divine healing, good health, and many more happy years.
These last two weeks, you have fought a good fight, and you are still standing tall. We are here for you! Victory assured. Speedy recovery papa,” she wrote in a touching post.
Mr. Ibu’s fans, deeply concerned about his health, poured their support into his Instagram comments section.
They flooded it with prayers and heartfelt birthday wishes, demonstrating the immense love and admiration people have for the veteran actor.
Mr. Ibu’s 62nd birthday celebration may not have unfolded as planned, but it was a testament to the power of family, love, and the unwavering support of fans during challenging times.
His battle with illness has brought his loved ones closer, showing that even in adversity, there is an opportunity to cherish the precious moments of life.
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