Legendary Nollywood actress Joke Silva has maintained that her success in life is neither due to luck nor her talent in a recent chat with punch.
Speaking about how she became successful in her chosen career, apart from having the talent and supportive parents, she said what threw her to the limelight was grace and God’s empowerment.
She said, “What has helped me in life is grace. So much grace. I believe God empowered me with passion and respect. I did whatever was possible within the stage of performance, then, stage transited into television and television to film till we ended up with what we now call Nollywood. I am grateful to God that I am where I am because it is only Him that could have allowed all the hard work to pay off. Talent is great but it doesn’t guarantee success; a man can run out of luck, but grace? You keep blossoming and that’s what my story is.”
“I always knew it was what I wanted to do, and I think my parents knew too but were skeptical because the industry was hardly recognised then. I never had doubts about being an actress; that’s why even when the jobs weren’t very forthcoming, I stayed in performance by teaching, stage plays or television. I kept reinventing myself in the same industry because I knew it was my field.
“I was a model child. I had regular run-ins with my parents, but every child has her naughty days. My parents were very accommodating and supportive, so there was really no need to be rebellious. I think I was a mix. When I needed to be reserved, I was, and sociable when I needed to be. It was sometimes dependent on my mood as well,” she said.