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Olu Jacobs Nigeria actor

Olu Jacobs Nigeria actor

Oludotun Jacobs (born July 11, 1942), popularly known as Olu Jacobs, is a Nigerian actor. He has starred in several British television series and international films. In 2007 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.


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 Hubert Ogunde’s annual concert party at Colonial Hotel in kano. Afterwards, he secured a visa and traveled to England to study acting.

In England, he trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He then starred in various British television shows and series in the 1970s (e.g. 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 family-adventure 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 and is considered one of the top Nigerian Nollywood actors.


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 now begin to say what they like. They have even written that we are separated and all sort of stuffs. When she is working, she is Joke Silva but she is Mrs. Joke Jacobs at home.”


Olu Jacobs was honoured with the Industry Merit Award for outstanding achievements in acting at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.


1971Murderous 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
1972Richard’s Cork LegRoyal Court Theatre, London
1974Black Mans CountryFather Zachary AzukaGate Theatre
1977Julius CaesarOne of the augerersRoyal National Theater 1977 presentation directed by John Schlesinger
1976Bar Beach Preludeand Transistor RadioTwo shorts play adapted from the works of Bode Sowande and Ken Saro Wiwa
1976A Kind of MarriageObiCentre Play
1977Old MoviesChris Hunter (gendarmes)National Theatre presentation
1978Night and DayPresident MageebaPhoenix Theatre (London)


Olu Jacobs and wife


1979AshantiCommissioner Batak
1980The Dogs of WarCustoms Officer
1985Baby: Secret of the Lost LegendCol. Nsogbu


1980 Dogs of War

1971The GoodiesSeason 2, Episode 4 – “Lost Tribe of the Orinoco”
1974Till Death Us Do PartTelevision repair manSeason 5, Episode 3 – “Strikes and Blackouts”
1975Barlow at LargeMotambaSeason 4, Episode 8 – “Protection”
1975The VenturersMbelaSeason 1, Episode 10 – “Dangerous and the Lonely Hearts”
1976AngelsMusa Ladipo3 episodes
19781990Alan MsawiSeason 2, Episode 2 – “The Market Price”
1975The Tomorrow PeopleGeneral Papa MinnSeason 6, Episode 5 & 6 – “The Thargon Menace: Part 1 & 2”
1979The ProfessionalsSylvesterSeason 3, Episode 5 – “The Madness of Mickey Hamilton”
1982SquadronPresident GadinSeason 1, Episode 10 – “Cyclone”
1983The Witches and the GrinnygogMr AlabasterEpisodes 1–4, 6
1983Rumpole of the BaileyDavid MazenzeSeason 3, Episode 2 – “Rumpole and the Golden Thread”
1984Play for TodayDavid MazenzeSeason 14, Episode 16 – “The Amazing Miss Stella Estelle”
1990The Third EyeInspector Best IdafaLead role (1990-1993)

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