Born, Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, but affectionately known as Olu Jacobs, is a professional film actor and film director who has acted in hundreds of films both at home and abroad. The veteran actor is known to be one of the greatest and most respected actors across Africa
Here are eight things to know about the legendary comedian:
- His parents are from Egba Ake, otherwise known as Egba Alake, a town which is one of the five sections of Egbaland. However, he spent his early childhood in Kano and attended the Holy Trinity group of schools in Tudun Wada, Kano, a school belonging to the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity. At school, he was a member of the choir, dance group and drama group.
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- The comedian was first inspired after attending one of Chef Hubert Ogunde’s concerts, now known as the Ogunde Theater at the Colonial Hotel in Kano. In an interview, Jacobs explained how the first annual chef Robert Ogunde party he attended inspired him to become an actor, he said; “One day, I was sent on an errand and I heard this music coming from the back of a truck. I chose one of the flyers and saw Ogunde Concert Party. Then I put it in my pocket. When I got home, I called my mom and said I saw this, and she said they still come every year. I said I would go, and we all went. It was played in a hotel called Colonial Hotel. They were dancing and talking and everywhere it was rumbling. My father and the family were talking, but I was not talking. I watched the atmosphere. Then the light went out and the stage light came on. And they did what Ogunde called the opening joy (beginning of the show). That’s when I decided I would be an actor.
- Olu Jacobs then obtained a visa and traveled to England where he studied acting. The actor explained that his father never supported him to study acting, he also revealed how he ran away from his home in England with the help of his older brothers. Jacobs trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
- While in London, Jacobs starred in several British TV shows and series in the 1970s, including The Goodies (1971), Till Death Us, Do Part (1974), Barlow at Large (1975), The Venturers (1975) , Angels (1976), 1990 (1978), The Tomorrow People (1975), The Professionals (1979) and many others).
- Olu Jacob’s acting career dates back over five decades, being one of the longest serving actors in the Nigerian film industry and being the bridge between old and new actors. In 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Africa Movie Academy Awards, popularly known as AMAA.
- In 1989, Olu Jacobs married Nollywood diva Joke Silva. During an interview, he explained that he first met the actress when he returned from England to Nigeria to play a lead role in Wole Soyinka’s The Trials of Brother Jero. He further explained that the first day he met Joke Silva, he knew she was the woman for him, describing how attracted he was to her.
- Despite his advanced age, the veteran actor starred in several films in the 1920s, popular films such as Oloibiri (2015), Dry (2014), The antique (2014), Dry (2014) and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel ( 2017). ).
- The octogenarian has received several awards throughout his life, including the prestigious Industry Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement as an Actor at the 2013 Annual Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.