Joke Silva is one of the pioneers of Nollywood. She is an actress, producer and director. Born September 29, 1961 in Lagos, Nigeria, into a family of four children. She attended Holy Child College in Lagos, after which she studied English at the University of Lagos. She then relocated to England and studied drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Silva has starred in several films and television series of both English and Yoruba languages, some which include Secret Laughter of Women, 30 Days, Letters to a Stranger, Widow’s Cot, For Coloured Girls and the Africa Movie Academy Award-nominated films White Waters and The Amazing Grace. She is married to veteran actor Olu Jacobs with 2 children