10 things women should know about Joke Silva

Joke Silva is unarguably one of the most successful, inspiring and lovable actress Nigeria has ever produced. Her professionalism rubs off on younger actresses as many look up to her both in the movie industry and in real life.

There are 10 things women who look up to her need to know about this woman of talent, passion and resilience.

Joke Silva

  1. Joke Silva was born on September 29 1961. She was born in Lagos into a family of four children. Her mother, Adebimbola Silva, a pioneering female doctor, died in July 2015. Her father was a lawyer.
  2. She is a graduate of University of Lagos and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She began a career in film in the early 90s.
  3. In 2006, she won ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’’ at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in Women’s Cot. 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.
  4. Joke married famous actor Olu Jacob in 1985 and they are blessed with two children. She feels lucky to be married to him because he is her friend more than the fact that he is in the same industry with her. She loves his incredible passion for his work and also believes in his work .
  5. She is a co-founder of Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA) alongside her husband, Olu Jacob. LAPA is a performing arts educational institution which delivers teaching and practical based training of international quality and capacity.
  6. She is a member of the faculty and also principal of the popular reality show, MTN Project Fame academy.
  7. Joke’s style is elegant and easy. She doesn’t wear things that expose her body and she doesn’t believe in wearing clothes that are too tight.
  8. She relaxes by watching television but she is more likely to relax watching foreign movies.
  9. On 29 September 2014, Silva received recognition as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, one of Nigeria’s National Honours Awards, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
  10. In October 2012, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime appointed Joke Silva a goodwill ambassador. In accordance with the UN policy of enlisting prominent figures in art, music, film, sport and literature to assist with their campaigns, Silva’s role was focused on her participation in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria. Work fighting human trafficking was part of the “I Am Priceless” campaign, which had also received support from the Nigerian authorities. Silva’s appointment was for a period of three years.



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