Joke Silva describes Olu Jacobs as appearing frail, yet possessing inner strength

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Actress Joke Silva shared insights into her husband, legendary actor Olu Jacobs, stating that although he may appear frail, he remains strong. The 62-year-old actress made these comments while speaking to YEPS on the red carpet during the premiere of Toyin Abraham’s film “Malaika.” She also discussed the experience of portraying a married couple on screen.

Joke emphasized the advantage of their real-life familiarity, highlighting that when playing on-screen spouses, they adhere to the script’s written roles rather than incorporating their personal dynamics as a couple. She stated, “The good thing is that we are familiar with each other, so that is good. Then we play the husband and wife that the script has written. We don’t bring our own husband and wife there. We play the truth of the script that we have been given.”

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Regarding Olu Jacobs’ well-being, Joke Silva shared reassuring words, saying, “He is doing good, strong. He looks frail but he is strong.”

In a previous interview with Chude Jideonwo in November 2021, Joke Silva had opened up about her husband’s battle with dementia, specifically a degenerative disease known as dementia with Lewy body. She described the challenges they faced as a family dealing with the impact of the disease on Olu Jacobs, acknowledging the difficulty of him not fully comprehending the situation.

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Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, who met in 1981 at the National Theatre, Lagos, during Nigeria’s 21st Independence anniversary, have become one of the most celebrated and respected couples in the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood.

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