Joke Silva, MFR (born 29 September 1961) is a Nigerian actress, director, and businesswoman.
A graduate of the University of Lagos and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Joke Silva began her career in film in the early 1990s. In 1998 she had a major role, starring opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women. In 2006, she won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in Women’s Cot, and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 for her performance as a grandmother in White Waters.
Joke Silva is married to actor Olu Jacobs. The couple founded and operate the Lufodo Group, a media corporation that consists of film production, distribution assets, and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts. Joke Silva is Director of Studies at the latter. Joke Silva is also the pioneer managing director of Malete Film Village, in association with the Kwara State University.
On 29 September 2014, Joke Silva received recognition as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, one of Nigeria’s National Honours, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
Joke Silva’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 million, according to the list of richest Nigerian celebrities.