Veteran Nigerian celebrity actress, Joke Silva, released new photos as she celebrates 60th birthday and 40 years in the movie industry today September 29.
Joke Silva is still one of the most successful actresses in Nigeria. She has been in over 300 Nigerian films, and is well known for her roles in films such as Phone Swap, The Secret Laughter of Women, and as one of the judges on MTN Project Fame.
See the lovely photos below:
Glam Squad Magazine provides 5 surprising facts about this timeless thespian in honor of her 55th birthday.
1-In Lagos, Joke Silva was born into a family of four children. Adebimbola Silva, her mother, was Nigeria’s third female doctor. In 1979, her mother was appointed an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), and she died in July 2015. Joke’s father worked as an attorney.
2- She went to Lagos’ Holy Child College. She also holds degrees from the University of Lagos and London’s Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was a member of a cultural group at UNILAG that featured dramatist Bode Osanyin and singer Stella Monye.
3- She began her cinematic career in the early 1990s. She played alongside Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women in 1998.
4. She has appeared in a number of English and Yoruba-language films and television series. Mind Bending, a 1990 English film, was one of her first roles. She made her acting debut in Owurolojo in 1993, followed by Violated in 1995.
Silva featured in Keeping Faith with Bimbo Akintola in 2002. Silva and her husband, Olu Jacobs, also co-produced and appeared in The Kingmaker in 2002.
Following that, she appeared in films including A Husband’s Wife (2003), Shylock (2004), and A Past Came Calling (2004).
5. Joke Silva was chosen as a goodwill ambassador by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in October 2012. Silva’s duty was to focus on her involvement in the Nigerian battle against human trafficking. The “I Am Priceless” campaign, which had garnered Nigerian government funding, included efforts to combat human trafficking.