Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, popularly known as Olu Jacobs, is one of the many actors whose marks have defied time and made way for many actors.
With over 50 years of experience, the veteran is considered one of the older generational actors connecting younger generations.
Although the thespian was last seen in the movie domain in 2018, he is still a revered figure in the Nollywood industry.
Here are some things you should know about Olu Jacobs before his 80th birthday next week’s Monday.
1. He’s one of the pioneers of Nollywood
The 80-year-old veteran actor has spent over five decades of his life bringing joy and entertainment to many homes in Nigeria and beyond.
After dominating the British film sector for 20 years, he returned to the Nigerian film industry despite the prevalent challenges.
In spite of the discouraging state of the industry, the iconic Olu Jacob became one of the actors who made the industry what it is today.
With this milestone, he is regarded as one of the pioneers of the Nollywood industry. This makes the media, film commentators, and critics see him as one of the most influential and evergreen African actors.
2. He is an acclaimed international actor
Olu Jacobs is a world-acclaimed and celebrated international multi-award-winning actor, writer, producer, television personality and scriptwriter known for his outstanding acting style.
While in the British television industry, he featured in his first movie, ‘The Vigilante’ produced by AA Production.
This was followed by many acting roles such as ‘Murderous Angels’, ‘Night and Day’, ‘Pirates’, ‘Till Death Do Us Part’, ‘The Goodies’, ‘Barlow at Large’, ‘Angels’, ‘The Ventures’ and ‘Dogs of War’.
With several international movies to his name, he has also featured in over 200 home videos, 30 television productions, and over 100 stage productions in Nigeria.
His undisputed professional mark makes him one of the most revered African actors and cultural icons.
3. He holds one of the highest honours in Nigeria
Like his wife, the Egba Alake man from Ogun State, Nigeria, is a national honour recipient. The National Honour of the Member of the Federal Republic, MFR, was conferred on him by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2011.
Apart from the highest honour given to him by the ex-president of Nigeria, in 2021, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF.
4. He’s Veteran Thespian
Although he now features in major blockbusters, Jacob’s acting days date back to his early years. While in secondary school, he was energetically involved in the debating and drama societies.
His passion for the arts and theatre was further fueled by the renowned actor and playwright Hubert Ogunde.
With the zeal to follow what he loves, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in England, United Kingdom, in 1964 to study theatre art. With this, he was introduced to the world of theatre and worked with different repertoire theatres in Britain.
5. He’s an entrepreneur
The veteran Olu Jacobs and his wife, Joke Silva, established the Lufodo Group, a media school that produces top-notch actors for the industry.
It was established in 1985 as a media firm that included the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, film production, and distribution holdings.
The Academy is renowned for training aspiring actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, photographers, costumers, makeup artists, editors, models, set designers, and other facets of filmmaking.