Nollywood Actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu has narrated
how he almost jumped into a well to commit suicide . According to him,
several years ago the man he was living with at Ajao Estate area of
Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria threw him out of his house with his loads.
Mr. Ibu, who was a guest on Brilla FM with Murphy Ijemba, said after his
friend threw him out, he had already opened a well to jump inside when
he heard the song from Michael Bolton being played from a neighbour’s
“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,” he disclosed.
“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.
“There is name I always prayed for; she told me to come and stay in her
house, she was just a fan, she wanted me to follow her to her boy
friend’s house; I followed her since I don’t have a place to sleep. When
we got there, the boyfriend travelled. We got to a street called
Adetola Aguda, I remembered the number I was given sometimes ago, it was
125 and I searched for it.
“Coincidentally, that my friend came back from Germany the day before.
He told me that wherever I live in Lagos I must park out today. The guy
took me to my house and saw my bags and loads outside, I first lied to
him that I wanted to travel, which was why I brought out the load. I
carried my bag and clothes and we went back to his house and he gave me a
room; I went in and started crying again. 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,” he narrated.
Mr. Ibu said due to what happened to him in the past, he could not watch anybody shedding tears before him, saying that
“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.”