Veteran actress, Joke Silva has come out to debunk wild rumours making rounds online that her husband has passed on.
Joke who spoke to Punch said her husband is hale and hearty. She’s quoted as saying;
Don’t mind them, they’re just talking rubbish; don’t disturb your head. He is in the living room right now about to have Eba and Ogbono soup. Let them keep deceiving themselves. He is hale and hearty.
Joke Silva has two children with Olu Jacobs. 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.
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.