Olu Jacobs Biography: Age, Early Life, Education, Marriage, Career, Awards, Controversy, Net Worth

One of Nigeria's pioneers in the film industry.

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Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs is one of the leading actors in Nigeria He has worked the ranks up to being one of the most recognised actors not only in the country, but in Africa and internationally too.

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He is a family man dedicated to growing his brand and improving his craft together as being there for his family. 

As a legendary actor, here is how he rose to fame. 

Olu Jacobs Age

Olu Jacobs was born on the 11th of July in 1942. He is 78-years-old.

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Olu Jacobs Education

Olu Jacob did his formal studies at Holy Trinity School where he was a member of the debating and drama societies. 

Olu Jacobs was inspired to start acting when he attended one of Hubert Ogunde’s annual concert party at the Colonial Hotel in kano. Days after the party, he booked himself a visa to secure a trip to England to study acting. While he was in England, he trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

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Olu Jacobs Marriage

Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva met in 1981, at the National Theatre, Lagos. The two were both rehearsing for Jero’s Metamorphosis by Professor Wole Soyinka. When Jacob laid his eyes on Joke he immediately that she was the woman he wanted to marry.

Jacobs has been married to Nollywood actress Joke Silva since 1989. They have three children; a girl named Dayo and two boys Olusoji and Olugbenga.

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."

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Olu Jacobs Career

Acting was always his passion and over the years, he's starred in a number of films and movies. He is considered as one of the pioneer actors in Nollywood.

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He travelled to London in 1964 to pursue a career in acting. Olu Jacobs trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He then starred in various British television shows and series in the 1970s such as 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.

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In the 1980s Jacobs starred in several international films some of which include The Dogs of War, and the family-adventure film Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985), Pirates (1986) . On television, he was a cast member in TVS's The Witches and the Grinnygog. 

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1971 - The Goodies on Season 2, Episode 4 – "Lost Tribe of the Orinoco"
1974 - Till Death Us Do Part as Television repair man on Season 5, Episode 3 – "Strikes and Blackouts"
1975 - Barlow at Large as Motamba on Season 4, Episode 8 – "Protection"
1975 - The Venturers as Mbela on Season 1, Episode 10 – "Dangerous and the Lonely Hearts"
1976 - Angels as Musa Ladipo on 3 episodes
1978 - 1990 - Alan Msawi on Season 2, Episode 2 – "The Market Price"
1975 - The Tomorrow People as General Papa Minn on Season 6, Episode 5 & 6 – "The Thargon Menace: Part 1 & 2"
1979 - The Professionals as Sylvester on Season 3, Episode 5 – "The Madness of Mickey Hamilton"
1982 - Squadron as President Gadin on Season 1, Episode 10 – "Cyclone"
1983 - The Witches and the Grinnygog as Mr Alabaster on Episodes 1–4, 6
1983 - Rumpole of the Bailey as David Mazenze on Season 3, Episode 2 – "Rumpole and the Golden Thread"
1984 - Play for Today as David Mazenze on Season 14, Episode 16 – "The Amazing Miss Stella Estelle"
1990 - The Third Eye as Inspector Best Idafa 


1979 - Ashanti - Commissioner Batak 
1980 - The Dogs of War - Customs Officer 
1985 - Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend as Col. Nsogbu 
1986 - Pirates as Boomako 
2012 - Adesuwa as Ezomo 
2014 - Dry as a Speaker 
2015 - Oloibiri as Timipre
2017 - The Royal Hibiscus Hotel as Richard

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Olu Jacobs Awards

Being the renowned actor that he is, Olu Jacobs has won a few awards and accolades during the course of his career.

Here's a list of the awards he's picked up.

2007 - Best Actor In Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards
2013 - Merit Award at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards
2015 - City People Movie Lifetime Achievement Award
2017 - Africa Movie Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement

Olu Jacobs Controversy

Sometime in 2020, Olu Jacobs was rumoured to have passed away, but those rumours turned out to be false. 

Joke Silva, his wife, however, debunked the rumours and revealed that her husband, Olu Jacobs was alive and well. 

Olu Jacobs also made the announcement that he's laying down his acting cape and letting others take over. He revealed that his age and health played a major role in him making the decision. 

Olu Jacobs wants to spend more time with his family. 

Olu Jacobs Net Worth 

Olu Jacobs’net worth has grown significantly in the way and he is estimated to be worth approximately $3.5 million.

When it comes to the acting, Olu Jacobs is one of the pioneers that has made a name for himself in the industry.

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