Olu Jacobs

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Olu Jacobs
Olu Jacobs
Olu Jacobs at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, March 2007
Born 1942[1]
Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria[2]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970-present
Spouse(s) Joke Silva

Oludotun Jacobs (born 1942), popularly known as Olu Jacobs, is a Nigerian actor.[1] He has starred in several British television series and international films.[3] In 2007 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[4][5][6][7]


Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs was born to parents from Egba Alake, and attended Holy Trinity School in Kano, Nigeria.[8]

He trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. 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).[2][9] 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 and the family-adventure film Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend. Jacobs has starred in over 120 Nollywood films.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs is married to Nollywood actress Joke Silva with children.[1]


Olu Jacobs was honoured with the Industry Merit Award for outstanding achievements in acting at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.[11]


Olu Jacobs and wife


Year Film Role Notes
1979 Ashanti Commissioner Batak
1980 The Dogs of War Customs Officer
1985 Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend Col. Nsogbu
1986 Pirates Boomako
2012 Adesuwa Ezomo
2014 Dry Speaker


Year Film Role Notes
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

1990 The Third Eye

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"


  1. ^ a b c "Full name & date of birth - 1st paragraph". Lagos, Nigeria: Sun News Publishing. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Njoku, Benjamin. "I disobeyed my dad to become an actor – Olu Jacobs". The Vanguard (Lagos, Nigeria: Vanguard Media). Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Filmography of Olu Jacobs". London, UK: The British Film Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Ogbu, Rachel. "A Race for Stars Only". Lagos, Nigeria: Newswatch. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nominees & Winners of AMAA 2007 @ a glance". The African Movie Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 16 September 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Coker, Onikepo (4 May 2007). "Africa Celebrates Film Industry at AMAA 2007". Mshale Newspaper (Minneapolis, USA: Mshale Communications). Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2007". African Movie Academy Awards. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "My Happiest Moment In Acting - Olu Jacobs", Naijarules.com.
  9. ^ "Filmography by TV series for Olu Jacobs". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Complete Filmography of Olu Jacobs". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Olu Jacobs honoured at AMVCA awards as Genevieve, Funke Akindele lose out". Vanguard Newspaper. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 

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