Veteran Nollywood actress Ajoke Silva recently revealed at the recent Annual Conference of Heritage Adoption Support and Advocacy Group (HASAAG) how she accidentally stumbled on the fact that her parents were not her biological parents.
The actress Joke Silva shocked many when she opened up that the late Silvas were not her biological parents.
Speaking at the event, the actress revealed that her family hid the fact that she was adopted a secret from her, until she accidentally stumbled on the truth. “But I got to know years later when I wanted to travel and was looking for my passport where my mum kept it.
“Since she was not around, I opened the box in her absence and I saw my adoption papers. I never discussed it with my mum because I felt it was something that would hurt her, that was why, it was kept secret from me.”
Speaking further about her suspicions before her discovery, the actress revealed that she had heard some rumours that hinted that her parents had no natural child.
According to the actress, an older cousin had tried to let her know the fact that she was not a natural child of the Silvas. “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?)
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.’
The veteran actress however has good and incredible memories of her legal parents and the efforts they made in giving her the best education after she was picked up from the foster home, despite the fact that she was not their biological child.