Joke Silva: 10 Things Every Nigerian Should Know



Ajoke 'Joke' Silva, is is a Nollywood legend and a movie director. She kicked off her acting career in 1981, and graces the screen in both English and Yoruba films. Married to veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, Joke is also an ambassador to many big brands. Below is a list of some other things you should know about her.

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1. She attended Holy Child College in Lagos.

2. She read English at the University of Lagos, and studied Drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic and an ambassa Art, London.

3. The veteran actress kicked off her acting career on stage. Her first appearance on set was not in a Yoruba movie but an English movie, Mind Bending in 1990. However, the movies ‘Violated’ by Amaka Igwe and Yoruba film ‘Owulorojo’ (1993) brought her into limelight.

4. Joke Silva is married to the talented veteran Olu Jacobs. The two who met in 1981 and married in 1985, are blessed with two children.

5. Silva is a co-founder of Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), a performing arts educational institution which delivers teaching and practical based training of international quality and capacity.

6. Joke Silva and her husband, Olu Jacobs are regarded as the “Mr and Mrs” of Nollywood. They have become love stucked, and inseparable, and won numerous awards together. She alongside her husband recently won the Life Time Achievment Award at 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA.

7. Joke Silva has appeared in several movies, and soap operas, the most popular among these are secret laughter of women, Letters to a Stranger, 30 days, The Amazing Grace, and White Waters.

8. Joke Silva is selective when it comes to acting in Nollywood movies, and she doesn't compromise on her standards. She is a front liner in women empowerment, and has given several lectures to stress this.

9. She alongside Malala Yousafzai among others advocate for Gender Equality and promote Women Empowerment

10 Joke Silva was the main reason Bimbo Akintola became an actress following the latter's parent initial reluctance. Bimbo Akintola is her protégé.

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