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Actress ‘Joke Silva’: Biography, Education, Career, Husband and Children, Net Worth, Source of Income and Achievements



By Balogun Kamilu Lekan


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Joke Silva is an award-winning Nigerian actress, producer, director and entrepreneur.

She was born on the 29th of September 1961 in Lagos. Joke Silva is 61 years old as of 2022.

Joke is a co-founder of Lufodo Group, and the pioneer Managing Director of Malete Film Village, in association with Kwara State University.

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The charismatic actress is married to fellow Nollywood colleague Olu Jacob, and they match up to being one of the hottest couples in the Nigerian movie industry.


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After her elementary education, Joke Silva proceeded to Holy Child College in Lagos for her secondary education, where she obtained the West African Senior School Certificate.

Joke then headed to the University of Lagos, where she bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in the English Language before heading to the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, the United Kingdom, where she studied drama.

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Joke Silva went further to complete her education at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, United Kingdom, to study drama.


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Joke started her career with the National Television Authority (NTA).before heading to the theatre for acting.

She professionally debuted in Nollywood in a movie titled “Mind Bending” before featuring in other films like Owulorojo in 1993 and Violated in 1995.

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Her acting prowess in these movies paved the way for her invitation to get featured in a British-Canadian film – The Secret Laughter of Women in 1998, alongside Colin Firth and Nia Long.

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Some of the other movies Joke has featured include Phone Swap, The Secret Laughter of Women, Last Wedding, White Waters, Women’s Cot, The Amazing Grace, Letters to a Stranger, Tango with me, 30 Days, Kada River, Married but Living Single, The Grave Dust, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, Timeless, The Visitors, Bandits, Potato Potahto, amongst other.

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Joke Silva co-starred in Keeping Faith in 2002 with Bimbo Akintola, who later credited her as a big influence in her career. Joke Silva co-produced and appeared in The Kingmaker with Olu Jacobs the same year, then A Husband’s Wife in 2003, and Shylock and A Past Came Calling in 2004.

So far, the veteran actress has more than 250 movies to her name.

Net Worth

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Joke Silva gets her wealth from acting, production and her businesses. In addition, she also bagged various endorsement deals with top brands like AIICO Pension Managers Limited and African Pavilion, amongst others.

Her net worth is reportedly valued at $1.2 million. However, NewswireNGR cannot independently verify this at the moment.


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Joke Silva is married to fellow veteran actor Olu Jacob. The duo reportedly met at the casting of Wole Soyinka`s “Jero`s Metamorphosis” at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

Their marriage is blessed with two children.

  • Olusoji Jacobs
  • Olugbenga Jacobs


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Joke Silva is a recipient of the  Member of the Order of the Federal Republic national award.

Below is a glimpse of some of her other awards 

  • EMOTAN Award by the African Independent Television (AIT)
  • SOLIDRA Award for Visual Art
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role – Africa Movie Academy Awards – 2006
  • Best Supporting Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards – 2008
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  • Women’s Cot
  • The Amazing Grace
  • 30 Days 
  • Letters to a Stranger
  • The Visitors
  • Married but Living Single
  • Phone Swap
  • The Grave Dust
  • Potato Potahto
  • The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
  • Kada River
  • Timeless
  • Bandits
  • If I am President
  • Chief Daddy
  • Light in the Dark
  • The Set Up
  • Blood Sisters
  • Going for Broke
  • The Olive
  • The Wait
  • Namaste Wahala
  • Light in the Dark
  • Honeymoon Hotel
  • Kada River
  • If I Am President
  • Bandits
  • One Fine Day
  • The Black Silhouette
  • Laughter of Women
  • Last Wedding
  • Women’s Cot
  • 30 Days
  • Eewo Orisa
  • The Secret
  • Potato Potahto
  • Chief Daddy
  • Diamonds in the Sky
  • Two Weeks in Lagos
  • Namaste Wahala
  • Chief Daddy 2
  • Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman
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Silva was appointed a goodwill ambassador by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in October 2012 with a role focused on fighting human trafficking in Nigeria, in accordance with the UN policy of enlisting notable personalities in art, music, film, athletics, and literature to aid with their campaigns. Silva was appointed for a three-year term.


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