How Joke Silva Inspired My Acting Career – Bimbo Akintola


Bimbo Akintola shared how Joke Silva got her father to accept her acting career. “It’s not even about the things that she did, it’s about the things she didn’t realize that she did.”

On June 10, 2016, nollywood actress Bimbo Akintola was a guest at Pulse Nigeria.
During an exclusive interview, the “Out of Bounds” actress spoke on how Joke Silva has influenced her acting career.

According to her, Silva changed her father’s impression of actors, after he watched her perform on stage.


Read excerpts below:

Joke SIlva. She has done a lot, but it’s not even about the things that she did, it’s about the things she didn’t realize that she did.

My father thought actors were ne’er–do–well, you know how it is. Because at that time, most of the actors we had were so passionate about the art that even though they weren’t making money, they were happy to be in the arts.

They were poor people, and what my father saw was me choosing a life of poverty, and he couldn’t understand it. “Okay if you don’t want to do anything else, go study English and become a teacher,’  he said. He wanted me to do so many other things.

We argued about if for a while, and I won because I knew I wouldn’t be happy doing any other thing. But he still wasn’t happy about it. And then I got to do this job with Aunty Joke, and I told her about my struggle with my dad. She said ‘Oh, bring him to the performance,’ and I did.

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My father met her and he was so impressed by Aunty Joke that he didn’t care. He was just thinking ‘if this is the sort of person that is an actor, then my daughter should be an actor.’  From then it was okay. It wasn’t the awards, it was just meeting Aunty Joke.

Bimbo Akintola has starred alongside Joke Silva in “Hear Word,” “Keeping Faith,” “Lasgidi Cops” among others.

Akintola made her acting debut in 1995 in the movie”Owo Blow.” She came into limelight after her performance in “Out of Bonds.”

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