Joke Silva; Biography, Career, Movies, Awards & More

Joke Silva; Biography

Joke Silva Popularly called Aunty Joke by the younger acts in the industry, Joke Silva is a veteran Nollywood actress.

Joke Silva was born in Lagos, she has four siblings, Her mother is a pioneering female doctor who died in July 2015 Her father Chief E.O Silva was a lawyer. She attended Holy Child College in Lagos. She is a graduate of the University of Lagos and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. At university she was part of a cultural group that included the playwright Bode Osanyin and the singer Stella Monye. Silva took a year off from her studies, during which time she began working as an actress. During the process of her taking a year off she located to England to study drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. At first her parent did not support her decision to go into theater and become an actress but later on they became supportive and happy for when she became successful in her career. But During a slow period of her career, she returned to school, studying English at the University of Lagos.


Joke Silva movie career began in the early 1990s, she has starred in numerous films and television series in both the English and Yoruba languages. One of her earliest roles was in the 1990 when she actes an English film which was titled “Mind Bending”. In the year 1993 she appeared in Owulorojo, followed by a movie called Violated in 1995. she starred with Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women, in which she portrayed Nene in the year 1998

In the year 2002 Silva acted with Bimbo Akintola in a movie called Keeping Faith. Akintola Said about Silva, “Silva has done a lot, but it’s not even about the things that she did, it’s about the things she didn’t realize that she did” In the same year she also co-produced and starred in The Kingmaker with Olu Jacobs. The following year she acted in a movie called A Husband’s Wife. in 2004 she starred in Shylock and A Past Came Calling.

In 2006 Joke Silva won the award for the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role in Women’s Cot in that same year she also acted along side Genevieve Nnaji in Mildred Okwo’s action thriller 30 Days, the movie received 10 nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008.

Joke Silva was the voice behind the narration in the movie, Amazing Grace which was produced by Jeta Amata the movie was shot in Calabar. The movie had a lot of critics, the movie was nominated for 11 African Movie Academy Awards. The News noted Silva’s “song-like voice, which provides insight to the actions”

In the year 2007 Joke Silva starred alongside Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Michael Okon and Fred Essien in Ndubuisi Okoh in the movie called To Love and to Hold. The next year she won the award for Best Supporting Actress, for her “methodical portrayal of a grandmother” in White Waters In a November 2008 interview, Silva professed that “whenever she had to play an evil character in a film, she would pray and use Jesus as her ‘hedge'”. Joke Silva is among the actors and actress who have won an EMOTAN Award from African Independent Television (AIT) and the SOLIDRA Award for Visual Art.

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Joke Silva starred opposite Nse Ikpe Etim, Wale Ojo and Lydia Forson in Kunle Afolaya in a romantic comedy movie which was titled Phone Swap. The movie was on of the best films of that year, the movie received four nominations at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards, including a nomination for Best Nigerian Film. The movies also won the award for Achievement in Production Design. In 2013, Silva took to the stage to appear in the Thespian Family Theater and Productions staging of the “Mad King of Ijudiya” at the Agip Hall of Muson Centre of Lagos at Christmas. Two shows were put on at 3pm and 6pm on 21, 22, 28 and 29 December, which Vanguard described as a “rich blend of folklore, traditional dance and music that naturally transports the audience to a typical African village setting”


Joke Silva met her husband in 1981 at the National Theater, Lagos. At that time, they were both on the cast of Professor Wole Soyinka’s stage play, Jero’s Metamorphosis.

Her husband revealed that he knew he was going to marry the actress from the day he set his eyes on her.

They got married on the 16th of November, 1985. Their union has been blessed with 2 boys and Joke Silva and her husband have been together for over 30 years. In 2011, the couple renewed their vows in the midst of friends and family.

Joke Silva and her husband are business partners as they are the founders of the Lufodo Group. The group comprises an academy and a film production and distribution assets unit. She is the Director of Studies at the Academy.

Silva is also the pioneering Managing Director of Malete Film Village which is association with Kwara State University.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime appointed Joke Silva as the organization’s goodwill ambassador in October 2012 In accordance with the UN policy of enlisting prominent figures in art, music, film, sport and literature to assist with their campaigns, Silva’s role was focused on her participation in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria. Work fighting human trafficking was part of the “I Am Priceless” campaign, which had also received support from the Nigerian authorities. Silva’s appointment was for a period of three years

In September 2016, Silva was appointed by AIICO Pension Managers Limited (APML) as their brand ambassador.


the Federal Republic of Nigerian recognized The actress with the honorary award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic on the 29th of September 2014. She received the award at the International Conference Center in Abuja

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