Portrait Joke Silva

Joke Silva

Actress, President, Forum of Women in Film & TV


Telling African Stories: Power, History, Demand and Finance

An exploration of the growth and impact of the African film and TV industry, as African content gets more attention globally. A conversation with key people responsible for this shift, are within the shift, and are navigating the shift through current and future strategies.


Veteran actress, Joke Silva fondly dubbed the “Silva’ lining of the Nigerian film and entertainment industry, is an award winning Nigerian actress, with a successful and influential career which has spanned well over three decades. A talented writer, director, producer and performer, Joke is renowned for the memorable roles she has played both off and on screen. Her award winning career is rivaled by few and respected by many and her recent films include Chief Daddy, Potato Potahto and others. She has just been cast in a Netflix series Orisha.

Joke’s film credits include Secret Laughter of Women where she starred alongside Nia Long and Colin Firth, Twins of the Rainforest, Violated, The Kingmaker – which was produced and distributed by the Lufodo Group, Brave Heart, Owuro Lojo. In theatre, Jero’s Metamorphosis, The Sisters, The King Must Dance Naked, A Husband’s Wife, Shylock, A Past Came Calling, Little Drops – produced by Lufodo Productions, and For Colored Girls to mention a few. She also wrote, directed and produced The Drummer Boy, Footprints, Digging for Gold and Jonah.

She alongside Olu Jacobs curated theatre, film, documentary and poetry for the BOI sponsored London 2012 Olympiad.

She is a UN Ambassador for trafficking in persons, on the board of Nigeria’s Bank Of Industry (BOI) also the MD of Malete Film Village.