The 75-year-old thespian who is happily married to his beautiful wife Joke Silva, attended the prestigious Royal Academy of the Arts in London and featured in few British theater and film productions before returning to Nigeria many years later to pursue his dream as an Actor.
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Veteran Actor Olu Jacobs speaks on racism in London
The veteran actor told Punch he was a victim of racism in many occasions whilst still living in the UK.
When Sir Oludotun Jacobs was asked about the difficulties he experienced after arriving in England several years ago, he had this to say:
“Providence must have had a hand in it. I think good luck was following me everywhere I went. Back then, to become an actor in England, you must be able to have an equity card. The card was issued by the actors’ union in that country.
To get the card, you must have a job. And to get a job, you must have an agent.
I was a victim of racism all the time. You felt it in the way the people looked at you and in their attitude toward you. But you could not do anything about it. I could not take somebody to court for that.” – Olu Jacobs
On being addressed as a dog while living in London, Daddy Olu Jacobs said:
“A white woman once called me a dog. She had a vacant room for rent. But when I approached her, she asked if I didn’t see the ‘No dogs’ sign on her door.”
“Before I could respond, she said that a dog was better than me and then slammed the door in my face. I felt so bad that I almost decided to return to Nigeria” – he concludes.
What words do you have for Daddy Olu Jacobs? And, what are your thoughts on racism in foreign countries?
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