I Was A Victim of Racism, A White Woman Called Me a Dog – Olu Jacobs

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Olu Jacobs started out in the movie industry getting the needed training in Britain in the 1960s. The 75- year old featured in countless film productions which made him hone his acting skills.

Speaking to newsmen, the thespian recounted how a white woman called him a dog, adding that he was a victim of racial discrimination.

 

According to him: “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. 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 also stated how he was fortunate to have gotten acting opportunities during his stay in the British art scene. Hear him: “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”.

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