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John Okafor: All About This Nollywood Actor You Need to Know

aisha Published On Fri Jul 10 2020   Modified On Fri Jul 10 2020
John Okafor: All About This Nollywood Actor You Need to Know

John Okafor is an actor and comedian well-recognized by his works in 'Bafana Bafana' as Mazie, 'Mr. Ibu in London' as Ibu, 'Bafana Bafana 2' as Mazie, and 'Honeymoon Guys 2'.

Okafor was born on October 17, 1961, and has a star sign of Libra. Keep swiping down to know more interesting facts about Okafor:

Net Worth: $4.2 million

'Open & Close' actor John Okafor has earned a whopping net worth of $4.2 million from his career as an actor and comedian. He also has signed an endorsement deal with MerryBet which was worth millions of Naira and another deal with the GOTV which also was million worth naira.

John Okafor who is worth $4.2 million.
John Okafor who is worth $4.2 million.
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Education & Alma Mater

As Okafor was born and raised in Enugu State, he completed his elementary school there in 1974. Then he got his primary and secondary education form Sapele in Delta State. 

Later he joined the College of Education in Yola, but due to his financial condition, Okafor was pulled out from there. He then got enrolled at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) as soon as he was financially stable. 

Worked In Small Jobs

After completing his secondary education, Okafor was financially unstable as he had no money and nobody to sponsor him. He then had to work for several menial jobs for himself and his family in Enugu. 

The 'Bafana Bafana' actor has worked as a firewood seller, a hairdresser, photographer, a meat butcher, and produce crates. Okafor is a hard-working man and has struggled from his childhood to become the person who is now. 

Wife: Stella Maris Okafor

The 'Basket Mouth' actor is married to Stella Maris Okafor since 2015, and are blessed with two children. He and Stella were living together since 1998, but got married after sixteen years in 2015. 

Okafor's mother always taught him to respect women and while following it he met the love of his life Stella. She was sitting and crying on a bench while Okafor went to her are tried to find out why she was crying. 

John Okafor with his wife Stella Maris Okafor.
John Okafor with his wife Stella Maris Okafor.
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Then she showed her ex-boyfriend message which said 'Don't call this number again and don't come to my life. It's over between us and I'm satisfied with you, don't come to my house'. 

Later he consoled him and said there are thousands of men that see you as a beautiful woman, but little he knew that he was the lucky man. After several months, Okafor was in Port Harcourt where he again coincidentally met her and since then, they started seeing each other and got married afterward.

His First Marriage Was A Total Disaster

Okafor has been married to another woman before he got married to Stella but it was a total mess according to the 'Common Sense' actor. His first marriage was with a divorced woman and said he suffered from the beginning to the end of the marriage. 

According to Okafor, he was in a hurry while marrying her as he didn't even investigated properly before getting married. The former pair were from the same village and it was Okafor who tried his best to keep his marriage safe but was unsuccessful at the end. After his marriage failed he wasn't able to love another woman for six years until Stella came into his life. 

Blessed With Three Children

Okafor has three children among then two are from Stella named Chelsea Okafor, Jay Jay Okafor and another child named Emmanuel Mandela Okafor from his previous relationship. Emmanuel was born on January 23, 2012, before three years of his second marriage with Stella. However, the mother of Emmanuel is unknown.

John Okafor with his two children.
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Struggle During His Career

'The Councillor' actor made his first acting debut in the film industry in 1998 as a side actor because his talent was not recognized by directors and producers. 

A few months later, Okafor got a chance to act in soap opera and was given minor and supporting roles to act. Back in those days, his struggle was so hard that he had to walk from Enugu to Surulere to give auditions and was rejected several times because he wasn't that handsome compared to other guys in the audition. 

A Picture of John Okafor.
Picture of John Okafor who faced several obstacle during his career.
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He used to live in a single room with his closest friend in Lagos State. Okafor said after living him for a few months, his friend accused him of so many things that he was forced to leave the house and had nowhere to go. He had no house to live so he used uncomplete building, condemned bus to live and he even tried to end his life because he was tired of his condition. 

Later Okafor was discovered by a Nollywood producer who helped him to get recognization in movies. 

Has Got Black Belt In Karate

Okafor is also a martial artist as he has practiced Shotokan Karate for over 16 years and in 1983, he got his black belt in martial arts. He is also a member of the Karate Federation of Nigeria and he was the first instructor who taught karate in federal government colleges.

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