Film industry stakeholders and practitioners have praised and praised iconic comedian, Olu Jacobs, ahead of his 80th birthday
Veteran actor, Adebayo Salami, who responded to a message from the celebrant’s wife, Joke Silva, about her husband’s 80th birthday scheduled for Monday, July 11, posted on his Instagram, thanking God for a legacy that Jacobs bequeathed to the film industry.
“I congratulate the Jacobs on celebrating the 80th birthday of a veteran with lasting legacies,” Salami says.
Prince Jide Kosoko also celebrated the veteran by saying “Happy Birthday Sir Olu Jacobs”.
Joke Silva on Monday shared a throwback photo of her hubby and captioned the pic, “Who has any idea who this handsome young man is? #80th Anniversary Loading.
Following his message, various Nollywood stars pouted congratulations and praised the veteran, who began his acting career overseas starring in British drama series and films before returning to the UK. Nigeria.
Yul Edochie wrote, “When I started my acting career in 2005, one of my biggest wishes was to be on set with legendary uncle Olu Jacobs. I finally had this opportunity several times and learned a lot from him. And I will be eternally grateful.
“A very happy 80th birthday to you Sir. May God always be with you. We love you.”
Femi Adebayo, an accomplished actor and son of Adebayo Salami, wrote, “I celebrate a living legend in arts and entertainment on his 80th birthday. Pa Olu Jacobs is a figurehead for many of us who thrive in the business of creativity.
“It is our prayers that God continues to bless your home extremely. Happy birthday icon.
Saheed Balogun said, “Happy birthday to our greatest legend dad Olu Jacobs, we are really proud of you dad.”
Legendary Nollywood actor, Olu Jacobs was born in 1942. He starred in British television series and was relatively among the founding fathers of the Nigerian film industry.
He married a Nollywood actress, Joke Silva.
When asked why his wife still kept her maiden name instead of his, he replied, “She is her own person. 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’s that simple. People are now starting to say what they want. They even wrote that we were separated and all sorts of things. When she works she is Joke Silva but she is Mrs. Joke Jacobs at home.
He was rumored to have died in 2021. His wife debunked the rumor and later revealed his condition as ‘Lewy body dementia’.
He won the Lifetime Achievement Award at Afriff in November 2021.
Olu Jacobs received lifetime achievement awards at the 2021 African International Film Festival (AFRIFF).