Who is Joke Silva?
Joke Silva is an award-winning Nigerian actress who has been acting since the 1990s. In 2006 she won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for her performance in “Women’s Cot” and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” at the 4th AMAA in 2008 for her performance as a grandmother in “White Waters”. In 2016, together with her husband, Olu Jacobs Joke Silva was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, also by the AMAA. Silva was also the recipient of an EMOTAN Award from African Independent Television (AIT) and the SOLIDRA Award for Visual Art. She has also been honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic.
Silva’s career has spanned both movie and television series. Some of her earlier works include appearances in “Mind Bending” (1990), “Owulorojo” (1993) and “Violated” (1995), “The Secret Laughter of Women” (1998). Later works include “Keeping Faith” (2002), where she starred Bimbo Akintola, A Husband’s Wife” (2003), “Shylock” (2004), “A Past Came Calling” (2004),”30 Days” (2006), “To Love and to Hold” (2007) “Phone Swap” (2011). Her latest movie appearance is in a Ghanian comedy “Potato Potahto”, which premiered at the Canne Film Festival in May year. She has also co-produced and directed movies and theatricals such as Heartbeat The Musical – an inspiring tale of hope.
On why she took up an acting career, she said “I don’t know. It’s something I have always wanted to do. I believe I am wild. It is crazy to be an actor and after asking the Lord if that is what He wanted me to be and He gave me a positive answer, I took the bull by the horns. Professionally, I started acting at University of Lagos Cultural Centre. There was a cultural centre in those days. And I was part of the cultural group. I studied in Unilag, but that was much later after I got married. My first degree is from Unilag. I actually went to a drama school first. I studied Theatre at the drama school and when I went to the university, I studied English.”
In 2012, Joke Silva was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Drugs and Crime in 2012 in the “I AM PRICELESS” campaign against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. She was also a judge on MTN Project Fame tv series, a talent show to discover and nurture new talents. Silva co-founded with her husband, Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts where she serves as a Director. She has curated for the Bank of Industry (BOI) in Theatre, Film, Documentary and Poetry, and the 2012 London Olympics. Silva is also the pioneer managing director of Malete Film Village, in association with Kwara State University, and since September 2016, a brand Ambassador for AIICO Pension Managers Limited (APML).
Why we love and appreciate Joke Silva
Joke Silva is a consummate actor who brings passion and authenticity to her work. One cannot miss her unique diction and accent, she entrances us with her onscreen presence and we cannot help it, we don’t even want to help it. Silva is very selective of the movie projects in which gets she gets involved, which in effect assures us of the quality of production – of theme, entertainment, educating. She has inspired many aspiring and established actors who have given testimony to the positive influence she has exerted on them. In addition to her work as an actress, Silva is a philanthropist and a strong supporter of women’s emancipation and empowerment, contributing to their education, training and progress. She comes across as classy yet approachable and has a very good sense of humour – evident in her social media interactions with fans. It’s so easy to love her. These are some of the reasons we are proud to have JOKE SILVA (MRS JOKE OLU JACOBS) as our maiden Celebrity of the Week.
We love you Joke! Keep up the good work.