As Olu Jacobs turns 80 years old today, President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the Nollywood community to honor one of its giants.
“President Buhari affirms the influence of the veteran actor on the film industry, setting a standard of professionalism that has attracted global recognition and awards, like the Lifetime Achievement Awards conferred on him in 2016 by African Movie Academy Awards.
“As the actor turns 80, the President notes his ingenious ability to interpret roles, simplify complex issues and bring messages to the understanding of both young and old, levelling cultural, ethnic and religious barriers to become a household name all over the country and beyond.
“Largely stereotyped as a father and voice of wisdom in most movies, President Buhari believes Olu Jacobs’ natural tendency to counsel, inspire and instruct easily earned him the roles, while appreciating his foresight in winning many into the profession and guiding them to stardom.
“The President prays that the Almighty God will grant him better health, longer life and steadfastness in service to the Arts, God, and humanity,” the statement said.