Even if Olu Jacob were a philanderer and wife beater, Joke would have treated him with the same measure of love – Actor, Patrick Doyle 

Nollywood actor and filmmaker, Patrick Doyle, has showered praises on colleague, Joke Silva over her kind treatment of her husband, veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, saying “Joke Omoluabi, I say a big thank you on behalf of all men, perfect and flawed.”

Silva has been receiving encomium and admiration since last week for standing by her husband, who is suffering from dementia, on his 80th birthday.

Jacobs’ wife had flooded social media with their pictures from their early times in stage drama to the contemporary digital filmmaking, to appreciate the octogenarian.

Reacting via a Facebook post on Monday, Doyle on said Silva belongs to old school women who hold dignity and honour as virtues.

He said that using torture is not in her DNA, which makes her distinct from an array of many flawed personalities kind of women the current generation parades.

Patrick Doyle wrote: “All those women hinging Joke Silva’s devotion to her ailing elderly husband on his devotion and care towards her in the early stages of the marriage, have simply got it wrong.

“According to them ‘not so faithful and devoted husbands’ should not expect the same kind of treatment in the twilight of their lives.

“They even go as far as telling such men to expect torment from their wives in old age.

“In their little minds, they have concluded that Joke Silva shares their flawed philosophy.

“The Joke that I know would have still treated Uncle Olu with the same measure of love and devotion even if he were a philanderer and wife beater, which thankfully he was not.

“She would never have taken advantage of his vulnerability to torture him because it’s simply not in her DNA to do so.

“She belongs to the old school where dignity and honour count and doing the right thing is not contingent upon reciprocity.

“Salt may mimic sugar in appearance, but there is a difference. Let it be.

“Let it be known that Joke Silva, the wife of Oludotun Jacobs and mother of Soji, is not a member of the “Egbe’ Kini O’ko’ Ose’ Club”(wetin husband fit do sef).

“Joke Omoluabi, I say a big thank you on behalf of all men, perfect and flawed.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, joined Nollywood and professional actors, at home and abroad, to celebrate stage and screen icon, Olu Jacobs, on his 80th birthday, July 11, 2022.

President Buhari’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, titled ‘President Buhari joins Nollywood in celebrating Olu Jacobs at 80.’

According to Adesina, “The President felicitates with the Jacobs’ family, including the wife, also a renowned thespian, Joke Silva, and their friends on the auspicious occasion, which calls for thanksgiving for God’s care, guidance and protection.

“President Buhari affirms the influence of the veteran actor on the film industry, setting a standard of professionalism that has attracted global recognition and awards, like the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred on him in 2016 by African Movie Academy Awards.”

As the actor turns 80, the President noted that Jacob’s ingenious ability to interpret roles, simplify complex issues and bring messages to the understanding of both young and old, levelling cultural, ethnic and religious barriers to become a household name all over the country and beyond.

Largely stereotyped as a father and voice of wisdom in most movies, President Buhari believes Olu Jacobs’ natural tendency to counsel, inspire and instruct easily earned him the roles, while appreciating his foresight in winning many into the profession and guiding them to stardom.

The President, therefore, prayed that the Almighty God will grant him better health, longer life and steadfastness in service to the Arts, God, and humanity.

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