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Described as a terrific actor by a fan on Instagram, The Niger Delta born Karibi Fubara #chiefblack breathed his last on the 15th of December, 2021 after a long battle with cancer, throwing the Nollywood industry and his lovers into a state of mourning.

Nollywood actors, producers, fans have taken to their Instagram handles to pen their tributes to a legend that smiled all through his pains.

Ibukun Awosika who executive-produced God Calling where Karibi played the lead male role in the movie described the legend as an exceptional gentleman and a great actor.

“An exceptional gentleman, a great actor, a delightful human being to know, above all, a sincere child of God whom I had the privilege to get to know very well during and after my role as executive producer of ‘God Calling’ where he was our lead male actor,” she wrote. According to her, Karibi “never lost his smile, his faith and his good nature” despite his pain.

Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly known as RMD, wrote, “Hmmmmmm what a loss! Just when I thought… it is well with you.”

Mo Abudu wrote, “My darling twinnie, he fought a good fight. Such a lovely soul. May the Lord be your strength at this time. RIP Karibi.”

“I’m just here praying for strength for you and Yolo. Bro, glad I and the kids could make you laugh the last time you were here. Sleep well Karibi. Sleep well.” Ufuoma McDermott wrote.

Omoni Oboli wrote, “Rest well champ. You fought. Now you rest. My thoughts and prayers are with you sis. Love you loads.”

Rita Dominic wrote, “Rest with angels dear Karibi.”

Kate Henshaw wrote: “Rest on Karibi.”

Shan George wrote, “So sorry for your loss, pls accept my condolences.”

Actress Toyin Abraham mourned with the late actor’s wife, Yolanda Okereke. She posted a picture on her Instagram page, with the caption, “My darling Yolanda, love you so much.”

Recall that Karibi’s sister, Aya Eneli, announced his death on her official Twitter account on Wednesday.

She wrote, “My brother, Karibi Fubara, has joined the ancestral realm. I’m devastated, but not hopeless. He lived fully and with joy. Left a great body of work. Will be a powerful ancestor. I love you, #Chief Black.”

With no accurate details about his age, the graduate of Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University is believed to have died in his 30s.

Karibi developed his interest in acting after playing the lead role in the Othello sequel Fortune of the Moor before moving to Terry Schreiber Acting Conservatory to develop his acting skills. Karibi Fubara starred in movies like Before 30, God Calling, Quam’s Money, Castle and Castle, We Speak Dance, Ratnik, Royal Hibiscus Hotel, Smart Money Woman, and played recurring roles on the ABC daytime soap One Life to Live among others.

Besides acting, Fubara was a model who has modeled for several prominent firms like Apple, Verizon, Hewlett Packer, Nestle, and Walt Disney in their ads campaign.

Karibi Fubara was also a talent manager as he co-founded and managed Datoala Michael, LLC, an artist management and production company that produced music and film content for over six years, and he had opportunities to work with the likes of Idris Elba, John Legend, Stuart Matthewman (of SADE), India Arie, Jidenna, among others.

Karibi Fubara was married to A-list Nollywood stylist and costumier Yolanda Okereke in December 2018.

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Photo Credit: Karibi Fubara.



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