A graduate of the University of Lagos and 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.
On 29 September 2014, Silva received recognition as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, one of Nigeria’s National Honors, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
Joke Silva is the Assistant Chairman of the Lufodo group. The group was established in 1985, as a stage and film production company. Presently, it has evolved into a full-fledged media and entertainment services company. The company was incorporated on the 25th of September 2000 with the intent of developing and producing stories that will entertain mainstream audiences.
The company’s vision is to develop and deploy internationally benchmarked entertainment content for the stage, television, and film industry. The Group consists of Lufodo Productions, Lufodo Consult, Lufodo Distribution, and Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA).