Born in 1942 (11th of July) at Abeokuta, Ogun State to parents from Egba Alake.He attended Holy Trinity School in Kano and is an acclaimed actor, writer, stage director and producer. An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London  also has a diploma in marketing and sales management. He is a high profile member of several national and international bodies and has been acting from 1970-present. Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs is popularly known as Olu Jacobs who in 2007 won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Olu Jacobs lived most of his youthful life in the United Kingdom before moving back to Nigeria.Before coming back he had 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 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.As one of the veterans of Nollywood, he is an International super star who has also worked with international actors like Jean Claude Van Damme.

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.But 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.

Olu Jacob’s charisma and manner of delivery in Nollywood movies cannot be rivaled by any other actor. His baritone voice also adds some uniqueness to his mastery of the profession. Olu Jacobs in his over 40 years as an actor can best be described as a bridge between the young and the old.He has also become the favourite for elderly roles in Nigerian movies.

Jacobs has starred in almost 300 Nollywood films and is married to Nollywood actress Joke Silva with children.November 2015 will be exactly 30 years the acting couple have been married.Both renewed their wedding vows on September 29th 2011 in Lagos, in celebration of Joke’s 50th birthday

Olu Jacobs is alsothe executive chairman of Lufodo Group which encompasses Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA) ,Lufodo Productions, Lufodo Distributions and, Lufodo Consult.


Some of his awards include:

African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for best actor in a lead role, Five Continent Best Actor Award and

Industry Merit Award for outstanding achievements in acting at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards

Life Time Achievement Award in Cameroon and Ghana.

He was also conferred with the National honor of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR)



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 Mazenz/ Season 3, Episode 2 – “Rumpole and the Golden Thread”
1984 Play for Today/David Mazenze/Season 14, Episode 16 – “The Amazing Miss Stella Estelle”

From Wikipedia and other sources on the net

More Details about his filmography in the next post.


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