Joke Silva Biography

Joke Silva
Joke Silva

Joke Silva is one of the best female actresses in the Nollywood industry, with so many awards to account for that.
Silva was also recognised as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, one of Nigeria’s National Honours, at an event that took place on the 29th of September, 2014 in the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

We’d be seeing Joke Silva’s biography, date of birth, age, early life, family, parents, siblings, husband, children, education, entertainment career, net worth, houses, cars, social media handles and everything else you’d love to know about her.

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Joke Silva Profile

Before we continue, here’s a quick run down on Joke Silva’s profile and a few things you’d love to know about her:

Full name: Joke Silva Jacobs
Date of birth: 29th September, 1961
Age: 58 years old
Place of birth: Lagos, Nigeria
Parents: Adebimbola Silva (mother)
Nationality: Nigerian
Education:  Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (London), University of Lagos
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Olu Jacobs
Children: Olusoji Jacobs, Olugbenga Jacobs, Dayo Jacobs
Occupation: Actress, businesswoman
Net worth: $1.2 million

Joke Silva Biography, Date Of Birth, Age, Early Life, Family And Education

Joke Silva was born on the 29th of September, 1961 into an Amaro family of four children. Her father was a lawyer while her mother, Adebimbola Silva (late) was a doctor.

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Joke Silva had her early primary at Lagos State, and secondary education at the Holy Child College, still in Lagos.
After completing her secondary education, Joke relocated to England, studying drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Following the completion of her A-levels, she returned back to Nigeria and joined the University of Lagos (UniLag) Culture Centre, which later became the department of creative arts.

Entertainment Career

Joke’s parents where initially against her idea of going to the theatre, but soon began to support her. Joke Silva started acting in the 1990s and one of her earliest roles was in the 1990 English film, ‘Mind Bending‘.
In 1993 she appeared in ‘Owulorojo‘, followed by the 1995 film, ‘Violated‘.

In 1998 she starred opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film ‘The Secret Laughter of Women‘, where she played Nene.
Silva is also a movie producer and one of her works include ‘The Kingmaker‘, which she co-produced with Olu Jacobs in 2002.

Personal Life

Silva is married to veteran actor Olu Jacobs and has two children. The couple met in 1981 at the National Theatre, Lagos during the 21st Independence anniversary. Silva is Director of Studies at the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, while her husband chairs the school. Lufodo Academy is one of several assets the couple own as part of the Lufodo Group, including Lufodo Productions, Lufodo Consult, and Lufodo Distribution. Silva has curated for the Bank of Industry (BOI) in Theatre, Film, Documentary and Poetry and the 2012 London Olympics, and is also the pioneer managing director of Malete Film Village, in association with Kwara State University.

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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.

On 29 September 2014, Silva was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, one of Nigeria’s national honours, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. In September 2016, she was unveiled as the brand ambassador for AIICO Pension Managers Limited (APML).

Joke, in the year 2020, lead the campaign against sick Nollywood actors soliciting for funds to pay for their medical bills. She did that through the instance of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, which revealed plans to inaugurate health insurance schemes for its members.

Joke Silva’s Movies

Joke Silva has been featured in more than 100 Nollywood movies. She has acted alongside popular stars like Genevieve Nnaji, Nse Ikpe Etim, Wale Ojo, Lydia Forson, Mawuli Gavor, Ini Edo, Beverly OsuFolarin Falana (Falz), Michael Okon, Rahama Sadau, Ivie Okujaye, Bimbo Manuel, and Fred Essien.

Some of her popular movies include:
• The Amazing Grace
• Married but Living Single
• Women’s Cot
• 30 Days
• The Visitors
• Letters to a Stranger
• The Grave Dust
• The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
• Phone Swap
• Potato Potahto
• Bandits
• Kada River
• Timeless
• Chief Daddy
• Light in the Dark 
• If I am President
• The Set Up

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Awards And Recognition

Joke Silva has gotten a good number of recognition since she first played her role as a professional actress. Some of her awards and nominations include:

• Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards (2006) • Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards (2008) • EMOTAN Award by the African Independent Television (AIT) • Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) (2014)

• SOLIDRA Award for Visual Art

Joke Silva Net Worth

Joke Silva is one of the most successful Nollywood actress. Apart from acting, she is also the Assistant Chairman of the Lufodo group, a stage and film production company.

From 2012 to 2015, Joke worked as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. On the 16th of September 2016, she became endorsed as an ambassador for AIICO Pension Managers Limited (APML).
According to, Joke Silva has an estimated net worth of  $1.2 million.

Is Joke Silva Married?

Yes, please. Joke has been married to the renowned Nollywood living legend Olu Jacobs.

Their marriage is blessed with two children and they are living happily ever after.

Social Media Handles

You can connect with Joke Silva on:
Instagram @AJokeSilva
Twitter @JokeSilva

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