Veteran actress Joke Silva has announced that her husband, Olu Jacobs, who has been off the movie scene for years now, will feature in a stage play come December as part of his 80th birthday celebration.
Disclosing the information on her Instagram page moments ago, Joke Silva stated that the stage play titled ‘Holy Child’, which was written by Olu Jacobs and featured them as a couple was first performed in 1986 and also in 1987 and 1993.
Sharing a photo from the first performance, Joke Silva wrote “Olu Jacobs as Joseph, Joke Silva as Mary in the Musical HOLY CHILD written by Olu Jacobs and directed by late Tunde Oloyede. The first stage production by Lufodo, the production outfit owned by the duo. Holy Child premiered at the National Theatre Cinema Hall 2 in December 1986. It was performed again in 1987 and again in 1993. It will be performed in December 2022 @ Glover Memorial Hall by Lufodo. 80th birthday loading”
The announcement has since sent the entire Nigerian movie industry and fans of Olu Jacobs into a jubilatory mood.
“Can’t wait!!! You too were magic together also on stage. You’ve been blessed my sister” Yemisi Wada wrote.
One Kemi Mercy wrote “This is pure Grace and Mercy. Big Congratulations ma… It’s a success already and God continue to keep your home. AMEN”
One Monique wrote “
You Both are the biggest Inspiration we’ve ever had in the Industry, when people say marriage cant work between two in the Creative industry, I’m proud to show them my Mentors, that anything is possible, it’s only a choice. I love you Mama and Papa.”
One Queen Amina wrote “Ah, I was a child when this came out. I didn’t watch it sad enough but I remember the ads promoting the play, RMD and Mrs Taiwo Ajayi Lycett featured in it as well.”
Kemi Filani recalls that Joke Silva opened up on Olu Jacobs’ health condition after he disappeared from the movie scene for few years.
The actress opened up during an interview with Chude Jideonwo that her husband is battling dementia, a degenerative disease affecting the brain.
“He is dealing with issues and it is been going on for a couple of years. It is known as dementia with lewy body, it is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and it is almost like a Parkinson type of disease, it affects the brain and affects the person,…first time i’m saying this publicly….that is what we have been dealing…but the thing is, it is hard on him because he doesn’t understand what is going on and it is hard on us family members as well…we have gone through it over the past couple of years but we thank God….
We have gone through some times and situations recently that I wish i had the old you here so i don’t battle these times on my own but we are grateful for the moment of clarity ….I miss the times we work together!”