Olu Jacobs Biography, True Life Story, Age, Family, Lifestyle And Net Worth
Olu Jacobs is a famous Nollywood actor, producer, entrepreneur and television personality. He was born on July 11, 1942 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. He is currently 80 years old. He is the husband of famous Nollywood actress Joke Silva. He is considered the father of Nollywood. He has been in the film industry for more than 40 years.
Olu Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Royal Arts Academy. A film school that aims to educate film practitioners in acting, directing, producing, screenwriting, photography, costume design, makeup, editing, modelling, set design and various aspects of filmmaking. His academy has produced some of the finest talent in film
Olu Jacobs was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, South West Nigeria but spent his early childhood in Kano State, North Nigeria. He attended Holy Trinity School in Kano State and received his first high school diploma. He then completed his secondary education in Lagos State, Nigeria and earned his West African Senior School Certificate.
Olu Jacobs started acting when he was still in secondary school. In his secondary school years he was an active member of an acting club. After completing his secondary education, Olu Jacobs went to England, UK to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, UK.
He then appeared in various UK TV shows and drama series such as The Goodies, Till Death, Angels and many more. He was inspired to become an actor while attending Hubert Ogunde’s annual concert party held in Kano State, Nigeria in 1970.
In 1971 Olu Jacobs entered the entertainment industry and starred in his first films Murderous Angels written by Conor Cruise O’Brien in London, UK. In 1978, Olu Jacobs played the role of President Mageeba in Michael Codron’s presentation of Tom Stoppard’s play Night and Day.
In 2007, Olu Jacobs won Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. He is currently married to famous Nollywood actress Joke Sylva and the couple are blessed with grown children and beautiful grandchildren.
Olu Jacobs was already a celebrity before Nollywood was born. He has been acting since the 70’s and has been in the acting field for almost 50 years. He was one of the pioneers of the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood) and contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood in Nigeria and around the world.
Olu Jacobs is recognized as one of Nigeria’s most gifted, skillful, creative and talented actors. He knows very well how to interpret his roles and can fit into any character that film directors and producers in Nigeria give him.
Olu Jacobs has acted in over 250 Nollywood films including Ashanti, The Dogs of War, Pirates, Secret of the Lost Legend, The Dogs Meeting, Beauty and the Beast, Adesuwa, Dry, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, A Kind of Marriage , Till Death Do Us Part, Venturers, The Third Eye, Play for Today and many more.
In March 2007, Olu Jacobs won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards held in Bayelsa State in southern Nigeria. He is currently being honored by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), which happens to be the highest award given to celebrities in Nigeria who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian economy through entertainment. Olu Jacobs is considered one of Nigeria’s wealthiest and most influential actors with an estimated net worth of $1 million.
Olu Jacobs has won several awards for his acting career including Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Best of Nollywood Awards and Best Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
He was also recognized as Best Actor of the Year at the Golden Icon Movie Academy Awards and Most Promising Nollywood Actor in Nigeria at the City People Entertainment Awards. He is considered one of the most sought after actors in Nigeria. He is indeed an interesting character to watch out for in Nigerian film industry popularly known as Nollywood.