Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, ⓘ (born 11 July 1942), known professionally as Olu Jacobs, is a Nigerian actor and film executive. He has starred in several British television series and international films. Olu Jacobs has been hailed by many as one of the greatest and most widely respected African actors of his generation. Together with Pete Edochie, he is considered by several media, film commentators, critics, and other actors to be one of the most influential African actors of all time, and is widely regarded as a cultural icon. He is seen as the bridge between the old Actors and the new ones.
Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs
11 July 1942
|Education||Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts|
Jacobs has made his mark in Nigeria's movie industry, Nollywood. With more than 40 years of acting experience, he is seen as a bridge between the old and new breed of actors. Trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, England, he worked with various repertoire theatres in Britain and starred in some international movies.
In 2007, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Olu Jacobs has distinguished himself as a godfather in Nollywood, paving a successful path for many emerging actors and actresses in the industry. His love for acting was inspired by the late legendary film maker, Hubert Ogunde's annual concert party which held at Colonial Hotel in Kano, thereafter he travelled to England where he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has been described as 'one of Nollywood's finest actors, best role interpreter and the best manipulator of words'. For his dedication to his acting career spanning over five decades, he was honoured with the Industry Merit Award for outstanding achievements in acting at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.' MAA also conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on him in 2016.
Olu Jacobs is married to veteran actress Joke Silva. The couple founded and operate the Lufodo Group, a media corporation that consists of film production, distribution assets and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts.
Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs was born to parents from Egba Alake. He spent his early childhood in Kano and attended Holy Trinity School where he was a member of the debating and drama societies. He was inspired to take a chance with acting when he attended one of Chief Hubert Ogunde's annual concert party at Colonial Hotel in Kano. Afterwards, he secured a visa and travelled to England to study acting.
In England, Jacobs trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. One of his earliest stage roles was to play the part of The Boy in 'A Taste of Honey' at the newly opened Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, in 1972. He then appeared in various British television shows and series in the 1970s (including The Goodies, Till Death Us Do Part, Barlow at Large, The Venturers, Angels, 1990, The Tomorrow People and The Professionals). In 1978, he played the role of President Mageeba in Michael Codron's presentation of Sir Tom Stoppard's play Night and Day.
In the 1980s Jacobs appeared in several international films, including John Irvin's war film The Dogs of War, Roman Polanski's adventure-comedy Pirates (1986) and the family-adventure film Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985). On television, he was a cast member in TVS's The Witches and the Grinnygog.
Personal life edit
Jacobs is married to Nollywood actress Joke Silva since 1989. They have children. Asked why his wife still bears her maiden name, Jacobs answered: "She is her own individual. When I met her, she was an actress known as Joke Silva so why should marrying me now deny her and her audience her name. She is Miss Joke Silva who is Mrs. Joke Jacobs. It is as simple as that. People began to say what they like. They have even written that we are separated and all sorts of stuff. When she was working, she is Joke Silva and as well as Mrs Joke Jacobs at home." Rumour had it that Olu Jacob died in 2021, but he attended Afriff in November 2021, where he won the Lifetime Achievement Award. His wife Joke Silva later revealed his health condition in an interview with Chude Jideonwo that he is battling Dementia with Lewy bodies .
Stage (selected) edit
|1971||Murderous Angels: A Political Tragedy and Comedy in Black and White (play)||Written by Conor Cruise O'Brien and performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1971|
|1972||Richard's Cork Leg||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|1974||Black Mans Country||Father Zachary Azuka||Gate Theatre|
|1977||Julius Caesar||One of the augerers||Royal National Theater 1977 presentation directed by John Schlesinger|
|1976||Bar Beach Prelude and Transistor Radio||Two shorts play adapted from the works of Bode Sowande and Ken Saro Wiwa|
|1976||A Kind of Marriage||Obi||Centre Play|
|1977||Old Movies||Chris Hunter (gendarmes)||National Theatre presentation|
|1978||Night and Day||President Mageeba||Phoenix Theatre (London)|
|1980||The Dogs of War||Customs Officer|||
|1985||Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend||Col. Nsogbu|||
|2017||The Royal Hibiscus Hotel||Richard|||
|1971||The Goodies||Season 2, Episode 4 – "Lost Tribe of the Orinoco"|
|1974||Till Death Us Do Part||Television repair man||Season 5, Episode 3 – "Strikes and Blackouts"|
|1975||Barlow at Large||Motamba||Season 4, Episode 8 – "Protection"|
|1975||The Venturers||Mbela||Season 1, Episode 10 – "Dangerous and the Lonely Hearts"|
|1976||Angels||Musa Ladipo||3 episodes|
|1978||1990||Alan Msawi||Season 2, Episode 2 – "The Market Price"|
|1975||The Tomorrow People||General Papa Minn||Season 6, Episode 5 & 6 – "The Thargon Menace: Part 1 & 2"|
|1979||The Professionals||Sylvester||Season 3, Episode 5 – "The Madness of Mickey Hamilton"|
|1982||Squadron||President Gadin||Season 1, Episode 10 – "Cyclone"|
|1983||The Witches and the Grinnygog||Mr Alabaster||Episodes 1–4, 6|
|1983||Rumpole of the Bailey||David Mazenze||Season 3, Episode 2 – "Rumpole and the Golden Thread"|
|1984||Play for Today||David Mazenze||Season 14, Episode 16 – "The Amazing Miss Stella Estelle"|
|1990||The Third Eye||Inspector Best Idafa||Lead role (1990–1993)|
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