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Who is Joke Silva? All We Know About This Amazing Talented Woman

Joke Silva has worked in the film industry as a director and actress as well as in the business world.2

9 Facts About Joke Silva

  1. Ajoke Silva Jacobs is her full name.
  2. She is married to veteran actor Olu Jacobs.
  3. Olusuji and Olugbenga Jacobs are her children.
  4. Adebimbola and Emmanuel Silva were her parents.
  5. She has unmistakable Yoruba heritage.
  6. She won Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards.
  7. She attended the University of Lagos and Webber Douglas Academy in London.
  8. Joke Silva is a mother to two children, whose names are Olusuji and Olugbenga Jacobs.
  9. Her net worth is around $1 million.

Who is Joke Silva?

Joke Silva has worked in the film industry as a director and actress as well as in the business world. In the 1998 British-Canadian film “The Secret Laughter of Women,” she played a pivotal part opposite Colin Firth. Ajoke Silva Jacobs is her full name.

In 2006, she won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” for her performance in “Women’s Cot” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards, and in 2008, she won “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” for her role as a grandmother in “White Waters” at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Her husband’s name is Olu Jacobs. She is the Director of Studies at the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, which she and her husband founded and administer. The Lufodo Grop is in the business of making and distributing films.

Joke Silva is the founder and first managing director of Malete Film Village, which is affiliated with Kwara State University. She was also awarded a title of the Order of the Federal Republic, which is one of Nigeria’s National Honors, on September 29, 2014 in Abuja at the International Conference Centre. This honor is considered to be one of Nigeria’s highest honors.

Joke Silva Early Life

Joke Silva is one of four children and came from a Saro/Amaro household. She was born in Lagos. Her great-grandfathers, Charles Philips and Samuel Herbert, were both prominent figures in colonial Nigeria, and her father, Chief Emmanuel Silva, was a lawyer. Her groundbreaking physician mother, Adebimbola Silva, passed away in 2005.

Joke Silva Education

Holy Child College was Joke Silva’s alma mater in Lagos, Nigeria. The University of Lagos is where she earned her degree. In addition, she attended London’s Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that she started appearing in films, though.

Joke Silva Career

Actress Joke Silva has starred in a wide variety of movies and TV shows, both in English and Yoruba. She first starred in the film “Owulorojo” in 1993, and then in “Violated” three years later. An early film in which she starred, “Mind Bending,” was released in 1990.

The British-Canadian film “The Secret Laughter of Women,” in which she and Colin Firth and Nia Long starred, was released in 1998. Finola Kerrigan, after mentioning Joke Silva’s performance, called her “an exceptional actress in Nigerian film.”

She co-starred with Bimbo Akintola in “Keeping Faith” in 2002. In addition, she and her husband Olu Jacobs co-produced and starred in the film The Kingmaker in the same year. After that, she appeared in films like 2003’s “A Husband’s Wife,” 2004’s “Shylock,” and 2004’s “A Past Came Calling.”

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During the 2006 ceremony for the second annual Africa Movie Academy Awards, Joke Silva was honored as the year’s Best Actress in a Leading Role. 30 Days, an action film in which she co-starred with Genevieve Nnaji, also features her.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime appointed her as a goodwill ambassador in 2012. Her role was focused on her participation in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria. She was apointed for three years.

Women’s Cot, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, Eewo Orisa, The Secret, Chief Daddy, Potato Potahto, Namaste Wahala, Diamonds in the Sky, Two Weeks in Lagos, Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, and Chief Daddy 2: Going Broke are just a few of the films in which Joke Silve has appeared.

Joke Silva Ethnicity

Joke Silva is from a family of Saro and Amaro descent from Lagos. She has undeniable Yoruba roots, that much is agreed upon.

Joke Silva Parents

Her pioneering physician mother went by the name of Adebimbola Silva and passed away in 2005. Her father was Chief Emmanuel Silva, a lawyer.

Joke Silva Siblings

Joke Silva has three sisters: the late Olabisi Silva, an art curator; Olajumoke Dawodu, an educator; and Ojuolape Silva, a barrister and solicitor. Her brother, Olabiyi Silva, is a real estate agent. It has been reported that Olabisi Silva passed away from cancer.

Joka Silva Husband

Joke Silva is a married woman, and her husband, Olu Jacobs, is a well-established actor. Together, they have two children.  The two first saw each other at the National Theatre in Lagos on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence in 1981.

She disclosed this information about her husband’s condition to Chude Jideonwo in an interview that took place in 2021. Her husband is afflicted with dementia as well as Lewy body.

Joka Silva Children

Joke Silva is a mother to two children, whose names are Olusuji and Olugbenga Jacobs.

Joke Silva Social Media

Joke Silva can be followed on Instagram and Twitter at @ajokesilva.

Joke Silva Net Worth

It is estimated that Joke Silva has a net worth of roughly one million dollars.

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