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BREAKING: Veteran Nigerian Actor Olu Jacobs Is Dead

Veteran Nigerian Actor,  Olu Jacobs, Dies At 81. 

Famous Veteran Nigerian actor and film Executive Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs professionally known as Olu Jacobs has been reported dead.

MEDIAORCHID recalls that his wife also an actress Joke Silva revealed in a interview last year that her husband was suffering from Dementia a chronic brain disorder that causes a decline in memory, thinking, and behavior and sadly gets worse over time. 

Joke silver who has been married to Olu Jacobs for 37yrs opened up about her husband's battle with dementia which she said he had been suffering from since 2021. According to Silva, the diagnosis has been difficult for both of them but reaffirmed that she was deeply committed to supporting her husband through his illness regretting that he is no longer the man she married. 

Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, was born on 11 July 1942 and has starred in several British television series and international films. Olu Jacobs has been hailed by many as one of the greatest and most widely respected African actors of his generation. Together with Pete Edochie, he is considered by several media, film commentators, critics, and other actors to be one of the most influential African actors of all time, and is widely regarded as a cultural icon. He is seen as the bridge between the old Actors and the new ones.

Read More On His Biography 

Nationality; Nigerian

Education; Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Occupation; Actor

Films acted; 1970–present


The Goodies

Till Death Us Do Part

Barlow at Large

The Venturers


The Tomorrow People

The Professionals

The Third Eye etc.

Spouse: Joke Silva

Jacobs has made his mark in Nigeria's movie industry, Nollywood. With more than 40 years of acting experience, he is seen as a bridge between the old and new breed of actors. Trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, England, he worked with various repertoire theatres in Britain and starred in some international movies.

In 2007, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Olu Jacobs has distinguished himself as a godfather in Nollywood, paving a successful path for many emerging actors and actresses in the industry. His love for acting was inspired by the late legendary film maker, Hubert Ogunde's annual concert party which held at Colonial Hotel in Kano, thereafter he travelled to England where he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has been described as 'one of Nollywood's finest actors, best role interpreter and the best manipulator of words'. For his dedication to his acting career spanning over five decades, he was honoured with the Industry Merit Award 

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