Why I was chased by market women in Lagos – Joke Silva

By Nehru Odeh

Legendary star actress Joke Silva has opened up on why she was chased by women in a market in Lagos.

The multi-talented, award-winning actress made this revelation in an exclusive interview with TheNEWS as part of activities marking her 60th birthday. Silva was born on 29 September 1961.

Reminiscing when asked to speak about the most memorable moments in her acting career, she said one of them was performing in Owulorojo, a Yoruba TV series in 1993.

Silva, who has traversed both stage and screen with panache for 40 years said she was chased by women at a market in Lagos after they had watched her feature in that TV series that shot her to limelight in 1993.

The women had been so carried away by her scintillating performance in that TV series that when they saw they were star-struck and started chasing her, saying they were thrilled by her performance in that movie.

“But, you know, and just going into the market as I used to do. I had forgotten that people had watched Owulorojo and so getting to the market and being chased by all the market women and me running. They were all saying E ma sa. Mo like ise yin ( Don’t run, we just like your acting)    (laughs). That was very interesting,” Silva recounted.

READ FULL INTERVIEW: What has kept me going as an actress for 40 years – Joke Silva