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Biography/Profile/History Of Nollywood Actor Oludotun Jacobs popularly known as Olu Jacobs,

Olu-JacobsOludotun 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.

Biography

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.

Personal life:6-22

Jacobs is married to Nollywood actress Joke Silva with children.

Olu Jacobs movies and profile:

Olu Jacobs lived most of his youthful life in the United Kingdom before moving to Nigeria , he was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and in the 1970s, he starred in several British television drama series which include; Till Death do Us part, The Goodies, The Professionals, Barlow at Large, and The venturers. Some of international Olu Jacobs movies in the 1980s include; the secret of the lost legend, the dogs of war by John Irvin, and the pirates by Roman Polaski. Olu Jacobs has starred in over 100 Nollywood movies.

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept, 17. 2013, Nollywood actor, Olu Jacobs speaks during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. A 15-second drum roll and the title of the film, “Deceptive Heart,” comes crashing onto the screen in a groovy 1970s font. Less than 10 minutes into the Nollywood movie, the heart of plot is revealed: A woman has two boyfriends and doesn’t know what to do. The story moves as quickly as the film appears to have been shot. Some scenes are shaky, with cameras clearly in need of a tripod, and musical montages are often filled with pans of the same building. Most Nollywood movies are made in less than 10 days and cost about $25,000. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept, 17. 2013, Nollywood actor, Olu Jacobs speaks during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. A 15-second drum roll and the title of the film, “Deceptive Heart,” comes crashing onto the screen in a groovy 1970s font. Less than 10 minutes into the Nollywood movie, the heart of plot is revealed: A woman has two boyfriends and doesn’t know what to do. The story moves as quickly as the film appears to have been shot. Some scenes are shaky, with cameras clearly in need of a tripod, and musical montages are often filled with pans of the same building. Most Nollywood movies are made in less than 10 days and cost about $25,000. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

Video: Olu Jacobs Royal Dance Style – Nigerian Movie

Olu Jacob is a man of many movie roles, while he was younger; he played the role of a commissioner in in the 1979 movie-Ashanti, a custom officer in the 1980 movie- dogs of war, and Boomako { a slave} in Pirates { 1986}. Olu Jacobs charisma and manner of delivery in Nollywood movies cannot be rivaled by any other actor, his baritone voice also add some uniqueness to his mastery of the profession. Olu Jacobs in his 37 years in Nollywood can best be described as a bridge between the young and the old.olu-jacobs-1283

Olu Jacobs and family

Like many other young aspiring individuals of his age, Olu Jacobs and family issues nearly frustrated him out of pursuing his career as an actor, his father was against his decision to study Dramatic arts, and in 1964, he left the shores of Nigeria to pursue his dream in the United Kingdom. When Olu Jacobs came back to Nigeria in the early 1980s there were no home movies and artist fees were very low, he however formed a company where stage plays were the major entertainment drive before the advent of home movies. Olu Jacob’s first major role was the production of a television series titles “Vigilante” that starred RMD and Mama D.

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Olu Jacobs wife- Joke silva: 
The name of Olu Jacobs wife is Joke Silva, another prolific Nollywood actress who is regarded as the role model to younger actresses in the movie industry. Olu Jacobs kissing Joke on stageOlu Jacob met his wife at the casting of Wole Soyinka’s Jero’s metamorphosis at the National Theater Lagos during the 21st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.Olu Jacobs children rarely appear in the public, they are two young boys.

Accolades

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

CREDITS: WIKIPEDIA, NAIJAGIST.COM, iROKOTV


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