By Damilola Faustino
Very few Nigerians would believe that veteran Nollywood veteran, Joke Silva-Jacobs, is an adopted child of the Silva Family.
According to her, she was adopted from a foster home run by the Red Cross in Lagos.
Her parents were the late Chief E.A Silva, a reputable lawyer and his wife, late Dr Abimbola Silva a pioneering female doctor, who died in July 2015.
Joke said: “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 have 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 talk.’
“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.”