After ten years of a music career which produced two gospel albums with modest commercial successes, Femi Jacobs is within the past four years becoming of one of the most sought after actors in Nigeria’s Nollywood.
Last year, Jacobs, whose debut on the big screen was with The Meeting, a romantic comedy directed by Mildred Okwo in 2012, got lead roles in two of the most talked about movies of that year. As a matter of fact, the films, The Visit and Taxi Driver–Oko Ashewo, were listed on the Top 10 Nollywood box-office releases of 2015. Jacobs himself was described as the only male actor who appeared in two of the highest grossing movies of 2015. Yet there is no letting off as Remember Me, another movie in which he features prominently, premieres ahead of a cinema release this weekend. Remember me is directed by Izu Chukwu, reputed to be one of Nigeria’s best.
Speaking on what seems to be his moment in the sun, Jacobs attributes the opportunity to the favour of God and nothing else. Speaking in an interview, he says: “I am excited. It’s quite humbling. Make no mistake, it’s a competitive industry. When God helps you connect the dots like that it’s an awesome feeling…”
On the things that define his choice of scripts and roles to take on, he says what is most important is the social relevance of the movie, the chance that people will learn something from it today and still learn from it two decades down the line. In addition to that, he says he would always consider how well he would be able to depict the character and if it is a character that he can defend “because the audience sometimes reckon you are who you portray. This bothers me but it’s true, and it’s a double edged sword. So I have to be sure that it is a character that I can stand up for even off the screens.”
On his music career, Jacobs who identifies Mildred Okwo and Richard Mofe Damijo as two of those who have influenced his career says the passion for music is still alive and that “music is like breath to me. I love a good melody and I’m only for positive lyrics. I write new music every three days or so, at least two per week.” He hinted that he might drop a single in a matter of weeks.”