Reports of Olu Jacobs’ Death Untrue

Social media has been abuzz with rumors on Sunday, June 30th, of the death of veteran filmmaker, Olu Jacobs. According to these unconfirmed reports, Jacobs passed away just days before his 83rd birthday.

Members of his immediate family have yet to confirm the reports which is still largely imagination of some social media enthusiasts.

While unconfirmed reports say Olu Jacobs has died, the reports may set entire Nollywood in mourning mood as the industry can not afford to lose another icon.

Meanwhile, late afternoon on Sunday, columnist, Betty Irabor has debunked the rumour of the actor’s death.

Born Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, his  career spanned over five decades and was celebrated for his versatile roles in both television and film. Widely regarded as one of the pillars of Nollywood, Jacobs appeared in over 200 movies and numerous television productions.


Born on July 11, 1942, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He began his career in the United Kingdom, featuring in various British television shows and films before returning to Nigeria in the late 1980s. His return marked the beginning of a prolific career in Nollywood, quickly making him a household name.

Jacobs was best known for his roles in movies such as “Ashanti,” “The Dogs of War,” “Pirates,” “Violet,” and “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel.” His deep, resonant voice and commanding screen presence made him a favorite among fans and colleagues alike. He also starred in several popular Nigerian television series, further cementing his legacy as a versatile and talented actor.

While Nigerians were eagerly praying the rumour is false and waiting for his family to counter, thankfully, Irabor has debunked the rumour to calm the nerves of anxious Nigerians and fans of the iconic veteran.

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