Garlands for Ajoke Silva of Nollywood at 60
Garlands from home and abroad are still popping in for the legendary Nigerian world-class actress, Ajoke Silva Jacobs, who clocked 60 on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The tributes were also sent in to mark her 40th year of incredible performance on stage and screen.
Indeed it has been a rain of congratulatory messages for the stage and screen icon since she clocked 60. Messages have continued to pour in for the actress, life coach, mentor to many, arts and media entrepreneur and thespian of the highest order whose passion for the performative art is glaringly boundless.
Fans, colleagues both young and old, friends, contemporaries and family members of the queen of performance art all took to their various social media handle to eulogise the quality and skillful performer who is totally committed to excellence and who has continued to win the hearts of viewers within and outside Nigeria with grace and charm.
Before the rain of congratulatory messages, the red hot screen and stage star, mother of two and adorable wife of the legendary stage and screen actor Olu Jacobs, took to her social media handles to share some gorgeous images to mark her special day.
Writing on her Instagram handle, ‘Mama J’ or ‘Auntie J’ as younger colleagues call her said: “Numbers are very important to me, so this year, as I turn 60, I also mark forty years in the industry I love. #40at60.My biography of that title #40at60 is actually in the works. Psalm 100 (40+60)is on my lips today as I express my gratitude to God!’’
She also wrote: “Ten years ago today on my 50th birthday, we had our renewal of vows in Freedom Park on Lagos Island; Pastor Tony Rapu remarried us. Sir J and I. Six pastors were also part of the team that officiated. In the congregation was my Mum Dr (Mrs) Abimbola Silva. She had taken a wine and white Ankara as aso ebi for the family. My aunties Mrs Gbemi Rosiji, Aunty Olga Miller, Aunty Fracesca Emmanuel were all there. All of them in their 80s. All of them are now on the other side of eternity. My almost twin sister Bisi was also there. She too is on the other side of eternity. With my Dad and my late daughter. I believe that’s what happens the older we get… the more milestones we hit. Memories of those we have loved and lost. However, being on this side of eternity is so good too. Challenging …definitely especially the last 5years. Wawoo. A massive thank you to my sons Soji @mrjacobs_jnr and Gbenga @oj_poetry, , my daughter Blessing @_blessing_douglas and granddaughter Dayo @atarahbaby for making these years bearable. Also my staff; Paulina, Micheal, John. Without this team these last 5years would have been impossible. Now the big 60 is here and I thank God for His oh so massive mercies. Yes that’s it. Gratitude for health, for love of family and friends. Thank you Lord.”
An intense and busy actress who many producers say always try to put a stamp of quality on her performance, Joke is clearly a magnetic star who though has not allowed success and fame get into her head and who has become more of a reference point or something of a parameter for assessing other actresses.
A recipient of several industry and society awards including EMOTAN, an award by African Independent Television (AIT), Joke is an actress with a passion for humanitarian activities. The International actress of repute belongs to a number of associations and boards that are concerned about gender based issues and the well-being of the girl child and African children in general.
A recipient of the national honours award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), the veteran actress trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She 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.
Co-founder of the Lufodo Group, a media corporation that consists of film production, distribution assets and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), Silva is Director of Studies at the LAPA. She is also the pioneer managing director of Malete Film Village, in association with the Kwara State University.
As she clocked 60, many of her colleagues took to their social media handles to congratulate the star of King Maker, Twins of the Rain Forest, a short film produced by the pay channel MNET, Brave Heart, Violated, Silent Night, Footprints and White Waters. Moviedom shares some of goodwill messages as our special birthday shout out to the iconoclastic performer.
“My own Aunty J. Ahhhh what do I say? You have ALWAYS been there for me, through the very bad and very good times of my life and when you cannot show up, you come personally and explain to me your other commitments. On my 50th, you spent the WHOLE day with me!! I will never forget. You don’t molly cuddle me but tell me the truth no matter how I feel about it. I had to introduce you to my mummy and told her YOU, are my mother in the industry. I love you so much Aunty J mi toh quality, toh baad, toh loving, toh solid!! HAPPY 60TH AUNTY J. May God always honor His words concerning you in Jesus matchless name. You have seen your children’s children, God will never leave you nor forsake you! Have an amazing day. I love you so so much’’
Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD)
“60 has never looked so great. Happy birthday to my Young fabulous friend and baby sister. Raising a glass to good health and happiness. I love you long time @ajokesilva . You already know.”
“The beautiful, the most elegant, the super talented, passionate professional and the most respected – my darling big sis @ajokesilva, a legend, and trailblazer of our industry. Wishing you a happy 60th birthday. You are so deserving my sis of every good thing that life has to offer. It’s been such a pleasure knowing you, working with you, and having you in my corner. Always encouraging, always supporting, always inspiring. I pray that God continues to love you, honour you, favour you and bless you now and always. All my love my dear big sis.”
“Happy birthday mummy @ajokesilva thank you for being an amazing support system and for always being there for me. You are such an amazing person and I am so grateful for your life. I wish you tons of God’s blessings. I love you ma.”