LEGENDARY Nollywood actor,
Olu Jacobs clocks 75 years old on
The Ogun state born actor is
married to iconic actress, Joke
Silva took to her Instagram
handle, to congratulate him.
She wrote:
“Happy Birthday
gorgeous….75 is not beans.
Thank you for all you do for me
and the kids…the sacrifices.
“With you we are always first.
Thank you for all you have done
for the industry…theatre …
“Here is to many more years of
impact. Happy Birthday.”
Jacobs 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 Hubert Ogunde’s
annual concert party at Colonial
Hotel in Kano.
Afterwards, he secured a visa
and travelled to England to study
He trained at The Royal
Academy of Dramatic Arts in
He then starred 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, The Professionals.
In 1978, he played the role of
President Mageeba in Michael
Codron’s presentation of Tom
Stoppard’s play Night and Day.
In the 1980s Jacobs starred in
several international films some
of which include John Irvin’s war
film The Dogs of War, Roman
Polanski’s adventure-comedy
Pirates (1986) and the familyadventure
film Baby: Secret of the
Lost Legend (1985).
On television he was a cast
in TVS’s The Witches and the
Grinnygog (1983 series).
Jacobs has starred in over 120
Nollywood films .
The stage and screen actor who
has been in the industry since
the 1970’s has remained one of
Nollywood’s leading stars and
role model.
Recently, he was honoured
with the Industry Merit Award
for outstanding achievements
in acting at the 2013 Africa
Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards.