HBD: Olu Jacobs and Mama Rainbow turn 70!

Happy Birthday to my favourite Nollywood Icon Veteran actor Olu Jacobs  and Yoruba actress Mama Rainbow turned 70 .  

The Veteran actor trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and his career has spanned stage film, and home video.
He has featured in several Nollywood movies including Pirates, Eagle’s Bride, 21 Days With Christ, Burning Kingdom, Mirror of Beauty, and The Return of Ogidi.
Olu Jacobs is a member of the National Theatre of Great Britain.
The star is married to popular actress Joke Silva and is fondly called Uncle Olu.


Two Nigerian veteran actors Olu Jacobs and Idowu Philips, aka Iya Rainbow, have both reached the grand age of  70.
Jacobs, who turned 70 on July 11, 2012, is a native of Abeokuta, Ogun State. He left Nigeria for England in the 60′s to attend the prestigious  Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, England. After graduating, he worked in various theatres in Britain.
He returned to Nigeria in the early 80′s and starred in the TV series ‘Third Eye‘. His first ever movie, produced by AA productions, was ‘Vigilante’.  A member of the National Theatre of Great Britain, he has featured in over 130 movies.
Jacobs is married to the long-serving Nollywood actress Joke Silva.
Idowu Philips, who plans to throw a big celebration in October, has, for over five decades, remained prominent in the Yoruba movie industry. The name ‘Iya Rainbow’ was derived from the name of her late husband’s theatre group ‘Osumare’ (Yoruba for rainbow). She has featured in over 50 movies.
The actress, who lost her husband in 1984, has a son, Femi Philips, who has also ventured into the movie world, but as a director.

Angel Falese

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