How my mother saved me from killing myself – Mr. Ibu

Popular comedic actor Mr. Ibu has
revealed how he almost killed himself
years back
- Ibu narrated how he got back on his feet
saying his mother saved him
- He added that he once slept under a lorry
where dogs live
Mr. Ibu
John Okafor aka Mr. Ibu has revealed
that he would have taken his life since
1997 due to the hardship he faced in
life.
READ ALSO: 6 loving photos of Mr. Ibu
and his wife that showcase true love
In a recent interview with Punch, Ibu
stated that at a point in life, he had
nothing to call his; he talked about how
he couldn’t feed and no roof over his
head. According to him the only option
left was for him to die.
Three days after he had nothing to eat,
the actor decided to jump into a well.
Here is what he said;
“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. I remember December 18,
1997, a friend of mine who I
squatted with called me in the
morning and told me that 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 the room. I told
him that I did not have another place
to stay and he should trust me that as
usual, I would take good care of the
place. Though I was older than him, I
did all the washing and cleaning of
the house to the extent that I washed
his pant and underwear.
I did that so that I could have a roof
over my head. But out of anger, that
my friend went into the house,
brought out all my things and threw
them outside, then he told me to
leave his house, he locked his door
and left.
“From where I was seated, I was
looking at the well. I thought to
myself, ‘is it not better 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
would know that he was the reason I
wanted to kill myself?’
I went to the well and as I opened
the lid and prepared to jump inside,
the image of my mother’s face
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 the time;
she was about 80 years old. I went
back and leaned by the wall. A
neighbour, 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.”
Okafor added that he ended up sleeping
under a lorry which was a permanent
resident for dogs in the area. He was
there for a while till his story totally
changed for good.
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