“One has been so involved that you don’t think of how bizarre things
are. There was a time we used to carry big boxes around as telephones
and you would not be able to make or receive calls in some areas.
by Obafemi Awolowo. It was fantastic that we could see them and hear
them talk immediately.
because there was a public viewing centre there – so you had to rush to
get a position.
but he never felt a connection until a certain day when he was “sent on
an errand” by his mother.
They were giving out leaflets, I got one and showed it to my mom at
home.” But like the typical Nigerian mother, she was concerned about his
and let’s see what happens’.” A condition had been placed on his
attendance and he was determined to surmount it. “I went to my brother
and we quickly finished all my chores, my mother couldn’t believe it;
then she said she would allow me.”
at the foot of the stage. All of a sudden, the lights went off, Hebert
Ogunde’s music started and the lights came back on.”
kindred souls. “I sat there and I told myself that this is what I will
do. There is nothing better than making people feel good.
becoming an actor was a bitter-sweet process. Jacobs had wanted to
travel to England to pursue his ambition but his father opposed him –
for mainly two reasons: because he was the closest to him and would
surely miss his companionship, and secondly, he said he may die before
his son returns to Nigeria. The latter happened — and it shattered the
actor who was perceived as his father’s right-hand man and listening
courage to ask for some. I am the fourth child but I was his favourite,”
he said, with nostalgic fondness. His first acting gig in England came
audition for a movie. While there, he was urged to audition and he
impressed. As fate would have it, he got the role. “I went to England in
many actors chasing too few jobs and outside London, there were no
you had to have a job. You would go to castings and they would say
‘sorry, your name is not on my list’.
was going one day and I asked if I could go with him. We got there and I
read to the director. He said go and meet the production manager.
former agent recommended. “Then I told my agent that I wanted to start
taking jobs outside London because there were no jobs in London,” Jacobs
clung to his heart and he made the decision to return, if not for
anything, to help develop the Nigerian movie industry.
all the things I had been doing and if I could do half of them in
Nigeria, I would have been able to help a lot more people,” he said.
inviting of decisions, but he took it and journeyed back to Nigeria.
sleeping prey – but he was sure that coming back was the right
year after he came back, he met a lady who would eventually become his
wife, best friend and life partner. Jacobs said that when he laid eyes
on Joke Silva, he immediately knew she was the one.
happen. I was invited, we were having a production and I saw a
beautiful lady, I just consulted our director.
they have charted the path and blazed the trail for today’s generation
of filmmakers and actors.
build a structure, an industry that would birth a generation of actors
and the spians, Jacobs said.
can watch the new generation and say yes, we did it,” he declared,
partly triumphant, partly expectant.