Joke Silva Biography, Net Worth, Age, Cars, Awards, House, Career

Joke Silva Biography, Net Worth, Age, Cars, Awards, House, Career

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Joke Silva is one of Nigeria’s most successful actresses whose career has spanned over three decades. Born on September 29, 1961, in Lagos State, Nigeria, Joke Silva has become a household name in the Nigerian entertainment industry and has featured in numerous movies, TV shows, and theater productions.

Early Life and Education

Joke Silva was born to Chief Emmanuel Afolabi Silva, a prominent lawyer, and his wife, Dr. Marianne Silva, a medical doctor. She grew up in Lagos State, Nigeria, and attended Holy Child College in Lagos for her secondary education.

Silva went on to study English at the University of Lagos, where she graduated with a 2nd class upper degree. Afterward, she proceeded to Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she honed her acting skills.


Joke Silva started her career as a theater actress in the early 1980s when she joined the Awada Kerikeri Group led by Olu Jacobs. Her first major stage performance was in the play “Jero’s Metamorphosis” by Wole Soyinka.

She made her film debut in the 1990 movie, “Mind Bending,” directed by Greg McCjuneor and went on to feature in several Nollywood movies such as “The Secret Laughter of Women,” “Letters to a Stranger,” “30 Days,” and “Phone Swap,” among others.

Silva is also a television personality, having acted in TV series such as “Tinsel,” “The Amazing Grace,” and “Hush.” She has also lent her voice to the animation movie “The Lion King” in the Nigerian pidgin English adaptation.

In addition to acting, Joke Silva is also an accomplished theater director, producer, and acting coach. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), a leading performing arts school in Lagos State.


Below are some of the movies Joke Silva has featured in:

  • Mind Bending (1990)
  • The Wedding Party (2016)
  • Potato Potahto (2017)
  • Up North (2019)
  • Lionheart (2018)
  • Phone Swap (2012)
  • Letters to a Stranger (2007)
  • 30 Days (2006)
  • The Secret Laughter of Women (1999)

Personal Life

Joke Silva got married to Olu Jacobs in 1985, and they have been together ever since. The couple has two children, Olusoji Silva and Boma Silva.

Silva is an avid lover of cars and is known to have a collection of luxury cars, including a Mercedes Benz ML 350, a Range Rover Sport Supercharged, and a Toyota Prado.

She also owns a house in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, which is said to have cost about N400 Million.

Net Worth

Joke Silva’s net worth is estimated to be around $3 million (USD). In Nigerian Naira, her net worth is approximately N1.1 Billion, while in Canadian Dollar, it is CAD 3.9 Million. Her net worth in Ghana Cedi is GHS 17.4 Million, while in Kenya Shilling, it is KES 330 Million. In South Africa Rand, her net worth is ZAR 43.2 Million, while in Uganda Shilling, it is UGX 11.2 Billion. And finally, in Indian Rupee, it is INR 220 Crore.

Awards and Nominations

Joke Silva has won several awards and nominations throughout her illustrious career. Some of which includes:

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards (2006)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards (2012)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ghana Movie Awards (2015)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards (2013)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 4th Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (2016)

Social Media Accounts

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Joke Silva is an iconic Nigerian actress who has left an indelible mark on the Nigerian entertainment industry. Her contributions to the Nigerian film industry have earned her numerous awards, and she remains a role model to aspiring actors and actresses in Nigeria and beyond.