Olu Jacobs Bio, First Wife, Age, Net Worth, Children, Health, Awards, Movies, Daughter, News, Sickness, Still Alive

Olu Jacobs Biography: First Wife, Age, Net Worth, Children, Health, Awards, Wikipedia, Movies, Daughter, News, Sickness, Still Alive?

May 5, 2023 0 Posted By Sade Tolani


Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs (born 11 July 1942), known globally as Olu Jacobs, is a renowned Nigerian actor, businessman, and film executive. 

He 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.

With Pete Edochie, he is considered by several media, film commentators, critics, and other actors to be one of the most influential African actors. He is widely regarded as a cultural icon. He is seen as the bridge between the old Actors and the new ones.

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

Olu Jacobs
Olu Jacobs: History, Bio, Photo
Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs
Stage Name: Olu Jacobs
Born: 11 July 1942 (age 82 years old)
Place of Birth: Abeokuta, Ogun, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Ogun State
Nationality: Nigerian
Height: 1,61 m
Parents: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Wife • Spouse: Joke Silva (m. 1989)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Olusoji Jacobs, Olugbenga Jacobs, Dayo Jacobs
Occupation: Actor • TV Personality
Net Worth: US$3.5 million

Early Life & Education

Olu Jacobs was born on the 11th of July, 1942 to parents from Egba Alake. He hails from Ogun State, Nigeria.

He spent his early childhood in Kano and attended Holy Trinity School, where he was a member of the debating and drama societies.

Olu Jacobs was inspired to take a chance with acting when he attended one of Hubert Ogunde’s annual concert parties at Colonial Hotel in Kano.

Afterwards, he secured a visa and travelled to England to study acting. He trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London in England.


Olu Jacobs lived most of his youthful life in the United Kingdom before moving to Nigeria. He trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

He then starred in various British television shows and series in the 1970s, namely, The Goodies, Till Death Us Do Part, Barlow at Large, The Venturers, Angels, 1990, The Tomorrow People, The Professionals. In 1978, he played the role of President Mageeba in Michael Codron’s presentation of Tom Stoppard’s play Night and Day.

In the 1980s, he starred in several international films, including John Irvin’s war film The Dogs of WarRoman Polanski’s adventure-comedy Pirates (1986), and the family-adventure film Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985).

On television, he was a cast in TVS’s The Witches and the Grinnygog (1983 series). Olu Jacobs has starred in over 120 Nollywood films and is considered one of the top Nigerian Nollywood actors.

Personal Life

Olu Jacobs has been married to Nollywood actress Joke Silva since 1989. They have children, namely Olusoji Jacobs, Olugbenga Jacobs, and Dayo Jacobs. Asked why his wife still bears her maiden name, Olu Jacobs answered: She is her individual.

When I met her, she was an actress known as Joke Silva, so why should marrying me now deny her and her audience her name. She is Miss Joke Silva, who is Mrs Joke Jacobs. It is as simple as that. People now begin to say what they like.

They have even written that we are separated and all sorts of stuff. When she is working, she is Joke Silva, but she is Mrs Joke Jacobs at home.” 

Rumour had it that Olu Jacobs died, so there was a wide search for his funeral and burial in 2021, but he attended Afriff in November 2021, where he won the Lifetime Achievement Award. His wife Joke Silva later revealed his health condition in an interview with Chude Jideonwo that he is battling  Dementia with Lewy body.


In 2007, Olu Jacobs won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

For his dedication to his acting career spanning over five decades, he was honoured with the Industry Merit Award for outstanding achievements in acting at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.’ Also, AMAA conferred its Lifetime Achievement Awards on him in 2016.


  • The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
  • Dry
  • Bloody Ring
  • Potomanto
  • Covert Operation
  • A Better Tomorrow
  • A Better Tomorrow 2
  • Days of Gloom
  • Days of Gloom 2
  • Royal King
  • Royal King 2
  • Sacred Lies
  • Sacred Lies 2
  • Sacred Lies 3
  • Sacred Lies 4
  • The Seekers
  • The Seekers 2
  • White Chapel
  • White Chapel 2
  • Bent Arrows
  • Bitter Generation
  • Bitter Generation 2
  • Bitter Generation 3
  • Bitter Generation 4
  • Palace Slave
  • Palace Slave 2
  • Palace Slave 3
  • Palace Slave 4
  • Power of a Kiss
  • Power of a Kiss 2
  • A Weeping Soul
  • A Weeping Soul 2
  • Forest of Tears
  • Forest of Tears 2
  • Forest of Tears 3
  • Forest of Tears 4
  • Last Mogul of the League
  • Last Mogul of the League 2
  • League of Gentlemen
  • League of Gentlemen
  • Royal Tears
  • Royal Tears 2
  • Sound of Pain
  • Sound of Pain 2
  • Tears of Hope
  • Tears of Hope 2
  • A Can of Worms
  • A Can of Worms 2
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast 2
  • Beauty and the Beast 3
  • Hidden Treasure
  • Hidden Treasure 2
  • Mirror of Beauty 2
  • Perfect Temptation
  • Perfect Temptation 2
  • Piece of My Soul
  • Piece of My Soul 2
  • Piece of My Soul 3
  • Sister’s Love
  • Sister’s Love 2
  • Sister’s Love 3
  • Sister’s Love 4
  • Smoke & Mirrors
  • The Return of Ogidi
  • The Return of Ogidi 2
  • Throne of Tears
  • Throne of Tears 2
  • Total Love
  • Total Love 2
  • Mirror of Beauty
  • African Soldier
  • African Soldier 2
  • Burning Kingdom
  • Burning Kingdom 2
  • Eewo orisa
  • Eewo orisa 2
  • Final Kingdom
  • Final Kingdom 2
  • Greatness
  • Greatness 2
  • Kingdom Apart
  • Kingdom Apart 2
  • Lost in the Jungle
  • Lost in the Jungle 2
  • Mountains of Evil
  • Mountains of Evil 2
  • Odudu Kingdom
  • Odudu Kingdom 2
  • Odudu Kingdom 3
  • Old Testament
  • Old Testament 2
  • Royal Destiny
  • Royal Destiny 2
  • Secret Pledge
  • Secret Pledge 2
  • Show Me Heaven
  • Show Me Heaven 2
  • Show Me Heaven 3
  • Slave to Lust
  • Slave to Lust 2
  • The Cabals
  • The Cabals 2
  • The Prince and Me
  • The Prince and Me 2
  • Warrior’s Heart
  • Warrior’s Heart 2
  • Warrior’s Heart 3
  • Dancing Heart
  • Dancing Heart 2
  • End of Battle
  • End of Battle 2
  • Jealous Heart
  • Jealous Heart 2
  • One-Bullet
  • One-Bullet 2
  • Royal Doom
  • Royal Doom 2
  • 21 Days with Christ
  • 21 Days with Christ 2
  • A Time to Die
  • A Time to Die 2
  • Before the Sunrise
  • Before the Sunrise 2
  • Eagle’s Bride
  • Eagle’s Bride 2
  • Lonely Heart
  • Lonely Heart 2
  • Omaliko
  • Omaliko 2
  • One God One Nation
  • One God One Nation 2
  • Only Love
  • Only Love 2
  • Opin irin ajo
  • Opin irin ajo 2
  • Real Love 2
  • Real Love 3
  • Royal Palace
  • Soul on Fire
  • Soul on Fire 2
  • The God to Serve
  • The God to Serve 2
  • To Love a Stranger
  • To Love a Stranger 2
  • Ultimate Crisis
  • Women in Power
  • Women in Power 2
  • Arsenal
  • Arsenal 2
  • Dear Sister
  • Eye of the Gods
  • Eye of the Gods 2
  • House Party
  • House Party 2
  • Turn Table
  • Turn Table 2
  • Private Sin
  • Private Sin 2
  • Real Love
  • The Kingmaker
  • Unconditional Love
  • Ago kan oru
  • Fear of the Unknown
  • Mission to Africa
  • Keeping Faith: Is That Love?
  • The Last Vote
  • Aba Riot
  • Aba Riot 2
  • Endtime
  • Oganigwe
  • Twins of the Rain Forest
  • Obstacles
  • Another Love
  • Iva
  • Vigilante
  • Pirates
  • Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

Net Worth

Olu Jacobs’ net worth has grown significantly. His net worth is currently estimated to be in the range of approximately US$3.5 million.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @_olujacobs

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