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Joke Silva Basic Information
|Stage Name:||Joke Silva|
|Real Name:||Ajoke Silva|
|Occupation:||Actress, Director, and Businesswoman.|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||29 September 1961 (62 Years Old)|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Net Worth:||$2 Million|
Joke Silva Biography
Joke Silva was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in a Saro/Amaro family of Four children. Her great-grandfathers, Charles Phillips and Samuel Herbert Pearse were well-known Colonial Nigerians, and her father, Chief Emmanuel Afolabi Silva, was a lawyer.
In Lagos, Joke Silva attended Holy Child College. Silva started her cinematic career in the early 1990s after graduating from the University of Lagos and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. During a slow pace in her work, Silva returned to school and enrolled at the University of Lagos to study English.
She joined a cultural group at her university featuring Stella Monye and playwright Bode Osanyin. She decided to take a year off from school as a result. She started acting then and moved to England to study drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Joke Silva’s parents didn’t accept her desire to pursue a profession in theater, but they eventually changed their minds after seeing how successful she had become.
She was born into a Saro/Amaro family with four children.
Her parents are Emmanuel Afolabi Silva and Doctor Adebimbola Silva. While her father, Chief Emmanuel Afolabi Silva, was a lawyer, her mother passed away in July 2015. The well-known Charles Phillips and Samuel Herbert Pearse were her great-grandfathers.
Chief Emmanuel Afolabi Silva, an attorney from Isale-Eko, was her father.
Marrianne Adebimbola Silva, a pioneering medical professional who passed away in July 2015, was her mother. She was the first female Doctor in Nigeria.
Joke Silva has two lovely sisters following the death of one of the three: Ojuolape Silva, a barrister and solicitor, Olajumoke Dawodu, an educator, and the late Olabisi Silva, an art curator; They also have an estate agent as a brother named Olabiyi Silva.
Joke Silva’s youngest sibling, Olabiyi Silva, is an Estate agent.
The founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the sister of Joke Silva, Olabisi Silva, passed away in February 2019 after a protracted battle with cancer.
The couple’s three children are Olusoji, Dayo, and Olugbenga Jacobs. Sadly, Dayo Silva, Joke Silva’s daughter, who was born in 1987, died in 1997. The reason for death has not yet been made public to the media. The end of his sister has made Olusoji, the eldest son, the first child of Olu Jacobs. He studied at Oklahoma’s Cameron University. He is married to Buguma native Boma Douglas. Second-born Olugbenga Jacobs is the child. He graduated from the American University of Nigeria(AUN) on July 10, 2021.
Joke Silva has two kids and is wed to veteran actor Olu Jacobs. The couple got together at the 21st Independence anniversary celebration at the National Theatre in Lagos in 1981. At the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, Silva is the Director of Studies, while her husband served as Chairman. The couple owns several businesses under the Lufodo Group, including Lufodo Productions, Lufodo Consult, and Lufodo Distribution. One of these is Lufodo Academy.
When Joke spoke with Chude Jideonwo in November 2021, she revealed that Olu Jacobs suffers from Lewy body and dementia.
She began her acting career in the early 1990s while still a student at the university; she took a year off from studying to focus on her acting profession before relocating to England. She enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London to study drama while there. Since making her acting debut, she has appeared in more than 60 films and television programs. Among other crucial roles, she performed as Granny in Blood Sisters, Lady Kay in Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke, and Mama Jumoke in Light in the Dark. Before moving to the stage for acting, Joke Silva began her work at the National Television Authority (NTA).
Silva has acted in many English- and Yoruba-language movies and TV shows. She played one of her first roles in the 1990 English television series Mind-Bending. She first appeared in Owulorojo in 1993, then Violated two years later. Finally, she played Nene in the 1998 British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women, which also starred Colin Firth and Nia Long. Author Finola Kerrigan mentioned Silva’s role before saying how great of an actress she was in Nigerian cinema.
Along with her acting work, Silva is a philanthropist and a persistent supporter of women’s independence and emancipation, promoting their growth through education and training. On September 29, 2014, Silva was inducted as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, receiving one of Nigeria’s highest national honors. In September 2016, she was also selected to be the brand ambassador for AIICO Pension Managers Limited(APML).
She has organized theater, film, documentaries, poetry, and the 2012 London Olympics for the Bank of Industry (BOI). Additionally, she founded Malete Film Village and collaborated with Kwara State University as its first managing director.
Silva was appointed a goodwill ambassador by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in October 2012. Her role was centered on her involvement in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria, following the UN policy of enlisting notable personalities in art, music, film, athletics, and literature to help with their campaigns. For example, the “I Am Priceless” campaign included efforts to combat human trafficking and was supported by the Nigerian government. Silva was hired for a three-year term.
In 2020, Silva was the driving force behind the effort to raise money for struggling Nigerian actors’ medical expenses. She accomplished this by utilizing the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, which made preparations to launch health insurance programs for its public members. In addition, she joined the Tinubu/Shettima Women’s Presidential Campaign Team in 2022.
According to sources, the Nigerian actress reportedly has over $2 million net worth. However, her acting and directing careers are her primary sources of riches.
House & Cars
Even while it is known that Joke Silva has homes in Lagos and London, the media is unable to obtain specific information on them. The actress does a great job of balancing what she divulges to the public and what she keeps private. For the record, she is a very wealthy woman, and she and her husband can afford everything they like that is within the bounds of their net worth.
Movies & TV Shows
Since making her acting debut, she has appeared in more than 60 films and television programs. Among other crucial roles, she performed as Granny in Blood Sisters, Lady Kay in Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke, and Mama Jumoke, In Light In Dark.
For her performance in Women’s Cot, Silva won the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” prize at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2006. Later that year, Silva co-starred with Genevieve Nnaji in the action thriller 30 Days by Mildred Okwo, nominated for 10 2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards. She also provided the narration for The Amazing Grace, an Anglo-Nigerian production by Jeta Amata filmed in Calabar. Critics praised the movie, and it received 11 African Movie Academy Award nominations. In addition, Silva’s “song-like voice, [which] provides insight to the actions,” according to The News, was noted.
In Ndubuisi Okoh’s To Love and to Hold from 2007, Silva shared the spotlight with Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Michael Okon, and Fred Essien. In addition, Silva received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for White Waters (2007) in 2008 for her “methodical portrayal of a grandmother.” She did not, however, accept her medal during the ceremony in person. Instead, Silva claimed in an interview from November 2008 that she used prayer and Jesus as her “hedge” anytime she had to portray a villain. Silva also receives the SOLIDRA Award for Visual Art and the EMOTAN Award from African Independent Television (AIT).
Silva co-starred in the 2011 romance comedy Phone Swap with Nse Ikpe Etim, Wale Ojo, and Lydia Forson. Critics praised it as one of the year’s most anticipated movies. It was nominated for four awards at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards, including Best Nigerian Film. Additionally, it received the Achievement in Productions Design award. At the Agip Hall of the Muson Centre of Lagos during the Christmas season of 2013, Silva took the stage to perform in the Thespian Family Theatre and Productions production of the “Mad King of Ijudiya.” The Vanguard described the two performances on December 21, 22, 28, and 29 as “a rich blend of folklore, traditional music, and dance. And the music that naturally transports the audience to a typical African village setting.”
Other films she has appeared in include Laughter of Women (1999), Last Wedding (2004), Women’s Cot (2005), 30 Days (2006), Eewo Orisa (2007), The Secret, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (2017), Potato Potahto (2017), Chief Daddy (2018), Light In The Dark (2019), Diamonds in the Sky (2019), Two Weeks in Lagos (2019), Namaste Wahala (2021), Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke, Elesin Oba, (2022). She additionally had an appearance in the TV series Battleground. (2017-2018).