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Joke Silva Biography – Net Worth, Age, Education, Husband, Career & Movies

BIRTH NAME : Joke Silva
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : Born 29 September 1961
PLACE OF BIRTH: Lagos Nigeria
STATE OF ORIGIN : Lagos state
OCCUPATION : Nigerian actress, director, and businesswoman
MARITAL STATUS/HUSBAND : Married to actor Olu Jacobs
CHILDREN : They have two sons
EDUCATION : She is a graduate of the University of Lagos and and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London

Joke Silva is a Nigerian actress, director, and businesswoman. She is a veteran Nollywood actress and one of the pillars the hold firm the Nigeria Movie Industry. The beautiful woman who is married to another Nollywood merchant Olu Jacob is a graduate of the University of Lagos and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

The top rated Nollywood actress launched her acting career in the early 1990s which makes her one of the oldest Nollywood actress. She broke into lime light in 1998 when she had a major role starred opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women. She has won several awards and earned couple of nominations, she has won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in Women’s Cot in 2016, she also won “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 for her performance as a grandmother in White Waters.

Early Life And Background

Joke Silva was born on the 29th of September 1961 in Lagos into an Amaro family of four children. Her mother named was a Adebimbola Silva, a pioneering female doctor and she passed in July 2015. Her father on the other hand was a lawyer.

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Educational Background

Silva attended Holy Child College in Lagos. She is a graduate of the University of Lagos and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She had her formal education at Holy Child College in Lagos before proceeding to England for A-Levels. She revealed that she was a part of a cultural group that included playwright, Bode Osanyin and singer, Stella Monye while she was University of Lagos.

She took a short break off from studies and used this opportunity to began working as an actress. At first her parents didn’t want her to become an actress and as a result of this , they opposed her decision to go into the theatre but they later gave in and supported her after seeing reasons with her.

Career and Success

Joke Silva started her acting acting in the 90s and starred in numerous films and television series in both the English and Yoruba languages. A 1990 English film Mind Bending was one of her earliest roles and she also appeared in Owulorojo, followed by Violated in 1995. The beautiful and loyal woman starred opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women in 1998 where she played the role of Nene. According to Author Finola Kerrigan, she stood out as an exceptional actress in the Nigerian film industry after portraying this role .

Fast forward to year 2002, she featured in a movie titled Keeping Faith alongside Bimbo Akintola who is also a well know Nollywood actress who has been there for many years. Bimbo Akintola once talked about the actress whom she refers to as “Aunty Joke” has a major career influence, she went as far as commenting that Silva has done a lot in the industry and she is one of the actresses that push the industry to where it is today.

That same year 2002, she co-produced and starred in The Kingmaker with her husband Olu Jacobs. This major achievement was followed by appearing in series of movies including A Husband’s Wife (2003), Shylock (2004), and A Past Came Calling (2004) to name a few.

Success And Break through

She was awarded the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role in Women’s Cot in year 2006. She starred opposite Genevieve Nnaji in Mildred Okwo’s action thriller 30 Days later that year , a movie that earned ten nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008. Silva has also narrated for Jeta Amata’s Anglo-Nigerian production The Amazing Grace, a movie that was shot in Calabar, Nigeria.

Fast forward to year 2007, she featured in a movie titled To Love and to Hold along side Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Michael Okon and Fred Essien in Ndubuisi Okoh’s. The Nollywood merchant won Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for her “methodical portrayal of a grandmother” in White Waters (2007), though she was not at the ceremony to receive her award in person.

In 2011, Silva starred in Kunle Afolayan’sa romantic comedy titled Phone Swap opposite Nse Ikpe Etim, Wale Ojo and Lydia Forson . The movie earned four nominations at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards, including a nomination for Best Nigerian Film and it was one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year.

Endorsement [United Nations Goodwill Ambassador]

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime appointed Joke Silva a goodwill ambassador in October 2012. This was in line with the UN policy of enlisting prominent figures in art, music, film, sport and literature to assist with their campaigns.

Her focus was in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria. She embarked on a campaign tagged “I Am Priceless” which was targeted towards fighting human trafficking in the country

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Personal Life and Marriage

The humble Nollywood actress is married to veteran actor Olu Jacobs and their union is cemented with two children. They love birds met in 1981 at the National Theatre, Lagos during the 21st Independence anniversary.

They got married on the 16th of November, 1985. They have been together for over 30 years and still waxing strong everyday.


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