Sad! Veteran Nollywood actor Olu Jacobs dies at 82

The Nigerian film industry mourns the loss of one of its most iconic figures, Olu Jacobs, who passed away at the age of 82. Renowned for his exceptional acting prowess and significant contributions to Nollywood, Jacobs’ death marks the end of an era in Nigerian cinema.

The news of the passing of the legendary actor was confirmed by popular skit maker, O.G.B recent few minutes ago.

Recall that in August 2022, rumors emerged on social media claiming Olu Jacobs was dead. However, Olu Jacobs’ wife Joke Silva debunked the news and threatened to take legal actions against those spreading death rumours about her husband.

Joke had also, sometime in November 2021 disclosed that her husband has dementia and it has been hard on her and the entire family.

Born Oludotun Jacobs on July 11, 1942, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, he began his acting career in England, studying at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). His early work in British television, including roles in “The Goodies,” “Till Death Us Do Part,” and “The Venturers,” showcased his talent and versatility, setting the stage for a remarkable career that spanned several decades.

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Jacobs returned to Nigeria in the early 1980s, where he quickly became a household name. His deep, commanding voice and ability to embody diverse characters earned him roles in numerous films and television series. Notable among his works are “Ashanti,” “The Dogs of War,” and “Pirates,” as well as his memorable performances in Nollywood classics like “Endtime,” “Obsession,” and “Potato Potahto.”

A patriarch in the Nigerian film industry, Jacobs’ legacy extends beyond his filmography. He was a mentor to many aspiring actors and a strong advocate for the growth and global recognition of Nollywood. His marriage to actress Joke Silva was another hallmark of his life, as the couple became a beloved and influential pair in the entertainment industry.

Jacobs’ contributions were recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Industry Merit Award for outstanding achievements in acting at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. His dedication to his craft and his role in shaping Nigerian cinema earned him the respect and admiration of colleagues and fans alike.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jacobs was known for his humility, kindness, and unwavering commitment to his family and community. His passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt by all who knew him and by the countless fans who admired his work.

As Nollywood mourns the loss of Olu Jacobs, his legacy will undoubtedly endure. His films will continue to inspire future generations of actors and filmmakers, and his impact on the industry will be remembered for years to come. The Nigerian film community bids farewell to a legend whose life and work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.

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