A White Woman Once Called Me A Dog – Olu Jacobs
Veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, has revealed in a chat with Punch Ng how his journey into the arts and his experience in Britain was in the early 1960s.
The actor shared that he went against his father’s orders to remain in Nigeria and proceeded to Britain as he was passionate about studying the arts.
During his stay in Britain, he was a victim of racism on several occasion.
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.
He especially recalls how a white woman once called him a dog in 1966.
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.
However, it is evident that he persevered and several decades down the line, Olu Jacobs remains one of the legends in Nollywood.
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