Why I Was Secretly Blacklisted From Nollywood – Joke Silva


Nigerian actress Joke Silva is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated, most popular, and most prolific actresses in the industry. She has a career that has spanned over 30 years and she has starred in a slew of Nigerian movies, television shows, and stage plays over the years.

Joke Silva
Joke Silva

Like many actors and actresses that worked in the industry in the early 2000s, Joke Silva is now revealing that she too was once blacklisted by Nollywood. Many Nollywood stars from Genevieve Nnaji to Rita Dominic have talked about their own experiences with getting blacklisted, and now in a new interview, Joke Silva is talking about her own experience and why she got secretly blacklisted.

During the interview, Joke disclosed how she felt when the movie producers and marketers in the film industry blacklisted her from the industry.

Joke Silva
Joke Silva

Narrating her story, she said…

“Years ago we did this film and the producer, you know at that time, that was the time when all the marketers were getting involved in movies. And this marketer came to our house, we were living in Ikeja at the time, brought money for myself and my husband to come on this movie that they had already started shooting and they wanted us to play the parents of the star of the film.

We said, ‘okay why not’ and the money was right there so ‘okay, let’s go’. Then we started shooting. It was Fred Amata who directed at the time. We started shooting and things were going a bit rocky until one day, we were waiting for the lead actress. We got on location, they told us we had to be on location by 8 in the morning and we got on location on time. We were never late. Got dressed. And we were waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Till 4 in the afternoon.

When the marketer then brings the star along with them to location, I turned around and I looked to Fred and I said ‘Fred, I’m contracted to work with you for 2 weeks, I will give you 2 extra days on those 2 weeks cuz I know what location can be like. After those 2 days, if we don’t finish, I’m walking.

Fred said ‘I totally understand’ but I’m sure he didn’t believe I would do it. When those 2 days were up, we still had one scene and it was supposed to be a very crucial scene in the film. I didn’t show up o! I didn’t show up.

It was a big marketer at that time and this guy couldn’t believe it. (He was shouting this and that,) ‘get her here’, I said ‘get to where? Abeg’. And because of that, I was secretly blacklisted for quite a while. Mine was never announced but it was done and I really couldn’t give a fuvk.”

E be like say everybody really chopped blacklisting breakfast that year o! What do you think about Joke’s story and her reason for getting blacklisted? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment on my Facebook post.

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