I cook, my husband cooks and our chef cooks too – Joke Silva

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Last year, when his marriage to Tiwa Savage was in deep water, Teeblliz alleged that one of his major grievances against his wife was that she didn’t care about cooking for him. This, as usual, created divergent views among members of the public.

But veteran actor, Joke Silva, does not belong to the school of thought that believes women must always cook for their husbands

While speaking with Sunday Scoop, she described her home as unconventional. “My husband loves to cook, so I have never been under pressure to be the chef in the house. I cook, he cooks and a chef cooks too. The most important thing is to get food into the stomach.

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“I have my ways of doing things and he has his too. However, in the early years, this caused friction and tension between us,” she said.

Joke Silva
Joke Silva

According to her, inasmuch as her husband is 75 years old and he hasn’t stopped acting, and Hubert Ogunde was about 86-year-old when he featured in Heart of Darkness, who is she to think of retiring soon.

She stated, “I am very lucky to belong to an industry that doesn’t recognise retirement. It allows for longevity and I intend to take full advantage of it. I will continue to act, produce and do every other thing that gives me joy until atrophy sets in. I still hope to create long-running theatre shows. I hope to impact more lives.”

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Despite her huge success in the movie industry, however, Silva regrets that she didn’t persevere well at a time.

She added, “If I were to do anything differently, it will be to learn to persevere better.  I remember in the 1990s, my husband and I produced several stage plays, including Holy Child, which was a huge success. By the time we staged it the third time, it was a commercial success and we made our monies back. We should have continued because people were looking forward to it every year, but we stopped.”

Joke Silva
Joke Silva

Speaking of her new project, Potato Potahto, which will be premiered on November 17, she said, “I read the script and I knew it was something I wanted to be part of.  Many times, mother-in-laws are portrayed as difficult women who don’t relate well with their children’s spouses. Potato Potahto shows another side to this. It shows a woman who takes her son-in-law as her son. It portrays a woman who allows her daughter to make her choices, while gently nudging her on the right path. It is a truly wonderful movie.”

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For her, the greatest lesson life has taught her is that most nasty people are nasty because they are in pain. She believes one needs to try to see beyond the nastiness if one can.

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