VETERAN Nollywood actress,
Joke Silva-Jacobs, has revealed
she was an adopted child of the
Silva Family.
According to the screen
goddess, she was adopted
decades ago from a foster home
run by the Red Cross in Lagos.
Joke Silva, now 56, made this
family secret known yesterday
in Lagos at the first Annual
Conference of Heritage Adoption
Support and Advocacy Group
The beautiful and talented
actress’ adopted parents were
the late Chief E.A Silva, a
reputable lawyer, the then
Babajiro of Lagos and his
wife late Dr Abimbola Silva a
pioneering female doctor, who
died in July 2015.
Joke narrated: “Everybody
would be calling me whenever
my adopted mum (Dr. Silva)
came with cakes and a lot of
things during her visit. I went to
YWCA Nursery, which was not
too far from the Silva’s home in
Yaba. I also have memories of
moving in with them when they
moved to Glover Road in Ikoyi.
“I remember reading
newspapers to my Dad in our
sitting room and pronouncing
Brig-General Aguyi Ironsi, the
then Nigeria Head Of State,
Agolo Iresi! My father could not
stop laughing at my hilarious
interpretation of the newspaper.
“Also I remember making
them proud, when performing
at St. Saviour School. My parents
would be standing and were
congratulated by other parent
too for my acting skills. My
parents were so excited that this
child was incredibly talented.
“I have memories of going
to Holy Child College Lagos
because my parents insisted on
me going to Holy Child because
that is where Julie Coker, Pearce
Olusola and Ibidun Allison went
and they believed with all my
performing talent skills, that is
the kind of school I should go to
“I remembered going out with
my cousin and we met a big
cousin She introduced me as ‘my cousin’s daughter and this is
Dr Silva’s daughter.’ Then, the
older cousin was like, ‘Dr. Silva
ke? Se Doctor Silva bimo ni?
(meaning does Dr. Silva have a
child?) . Did Dr Silva ever has
a child?’
“I was so confused and when
I got home I told my mum,
‘I met this lady that says you
never had a child.’ My mum
froze and she said, ‘don’t mind
them, they are used to rubbish
“But I got to know years later
when I wanted to travel and
was looking for my passport
where my mum kept it. Since
she was not around, I opened
the box in her absence and I saw
my adoption papers. I never
discussed it with my mum
because I felt it was something
that would hurt her, that was
why, it was kept secret from
“Even in their wills, I was well
protected. My Daddy being a
lawyer said in his will that all
his children, both adopted and
biological, should be treated
equally. I was not stressed in
anyway. We were all well taken
care of till my mum died at the
age of 89. At 56, I still miss her
but I know she has definitely
gone back to her father.
“On her sick bed I always sang
her favourite tunes, she would
be imputing the melodious
tunes and she died singing to
her Lord. She had prepared
her family before my coming
into her life because I had an
incredible big Silva family.
“I have a very big family I
am the first daughter, I carried
the responsibility of a first
daughter. Everybody in my
family cannot take any decision
until sister Joke has come. I
can’t call my parents adopted
parents. They are my parents”

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  • Benny agafa

    Great and inspiring story for every body to emulate . I also want to thank God for you and be proud of your background publicly.