1-Joke Silva was born into a family of four children in Lagos. Her mother, Adebimbola Silva, was the third female doctor in Nigeria. Her mother became an Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON, in 1979 and died in July 2015. Joke’s father was a lawyer.
2- She attended Holy Child College in Lagos. She is also a graduate of the University of Lagos and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic in London. As a UNILAG undergraduate, she was part of a cultural group that included the playwright, Bode Osanyin and singer, Stella Monye.
3- She began a career in film in the early 1990s. In 1998 she had a major role starred opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film, The Secret Laughter of Women.
4. 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 English film, Mind Bending. In 1993 she appeared in Owurolojo, followed by Violated in 1995.
In 2002, Silva starred opposite Bimbo Akintola in Keeping Faith. Also in 2002, Silva co-produced and starred in The Kingmaker with her husband, Olu Jacobs.
This was followed by roles in pictures such as A Husband’s Wife (2003), Shylock (2004), and A Past Came Calling (2004.
5. In October 2012, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime appointed Joke Silva as goodwill ambassador. 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.
6- Silva is married to veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, and they have two children. The couple met in 1981 at the National Theatre, Lagos during the 21st Independence anniversary.
7-Silva is a Director of Studies at the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, while her husband chairs it. Silva has curated for the Bank of Industry in Theatre, Film, Documentary and Poetry and the 2012 London Olympics.