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Joke Silva: I was an adopted child

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Nollywood veteran, Mrs. Joke Silva-Jacobs has revealed a family secret as an adopted child of the Silva Family. She said she was adopted decades ago from a foster home run by the Red Cross in Lagos.

The beautiful and respected actress, now 56 years old, revealed the secret at the first Annual Conference of Heritage Adoption Support and Advocacy Group (HASAAG) in Lagos.

Blogger Kemi Ashefon said Joke told her amazing story to an audience that included Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the Vice-President. Also in the audience was Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, chairman Board of Trustees, for HASAAG.

Joke Silva’s mum
Joke’s adopted parents were the late Chief E.A Silva, a reputable lawyer, the then Babajiro of Lagos and his wife late Dr Abimbola Silva a pioneering female doctor, who died in July 2015.

She was living in a foster home of the Red Cross in Yaba,Lagos, with her foster parent, Mrs. Desalu, when the Silvas took her away. she said.

“Everybody would be calling me whenever my adopted mum (Dr. Silva)came with cakes and a lot of things during her visit. I went to YWCA Nursery, which was not too far from the Silva’s home in Yaba. I also have memories of moving in with them when they moved to Glover Road in Ikoyi.

“I remember reading newspapers to my Dad in our sitting room and pronouncing Brig-General Aguyi Ironsi, the then Nigeria Head Of State, Agolo Iresi! My father could not stop laughing at my hilarious interpretation of the newspaper.

“Also I remember making them proud, when performing at St. Saviour School. My parents would be standing and were congratulated by other parent too for my acting skills. My parents were so excited that this child was incredibly talented.

Joke Silva and her husband Olu Jacob
“I have memories of going to Holy Child College Lagos because my parents insisted on me going to Holy Child because that is where Julie Coker, Pearce Olusola and Ibidun Allison went and they believed with all my performing talent skills, that is the kind of school I should go to too.

“I remembered going out with my cousin and we met a big cousin She introduced me as ‘my cousin’s daughter and this is Dr Silva’s daughter.’ Then, the older cousin was like, ‘Dr. Silva ke? Se Doctor Silva bimo ni? (meaning does Dr. Silva have a child?) . Did Dr Silva ever has a child?’

“I was so confused and when I got home I told my mum, ‘I met this lady that says you never had a child.’ My mum froze and she said, ‘don’t mind them, they are used to rubbish talk.’

“But I got to know years later when I wanted to travel and was looking for my passport where my mum kept it. Since she was not around, I opened the box in her absence and I saw my adoption papers. I never discussed it with my mum because I felt it was something that would hurt her, that was why, it was kept secret from me.”

“Even in their wills, I was well protected. My Daddy being a lawyer said in his will that all his children, both adopted and biological, should be treated equally. I was not stressed in anyway. We were all well taken care of till my mum died at the age of 89. At 56, I still miss her but I know she has definitely gone back to her father.

“On her sick bed I always sang her favourite tunes, she would be imputing the melodious tunes and she died singing to her Lord. She had prepared her family before my coming into her life because I had an incredible big Silva family.

“I have a very big family I am the first daughter, I carried the responsibility of a first daughter. Everybody in my family cannot take any decision until sister Joke has come. I can’t call my parents adopted parents. They are my parents”

Read the amazing story of Joke Silva at KemiAshefonlovehaven.com

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Spain charges Shakira with tax fraud

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Spanish prosecutors have filed charges against Colombian singer Shakira, accusing her of failing to pay 14.5 million euros in tax ($16.3 million) in the country where her Spanish footballer partner plays.
The charges were filed Friday in the Catalonia region, where the singer is a regular presence at matches of her partner Gerard Pique’s team, Barcelona. She was accused of failing to pay tax on income earned from 2012-2014, when the prosecutors say she lived there.

Representatives of Shakira said in a statement that the singer did not live in Spain until 2015, and has met all of her tax obligations to Spanish authorities.

The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer and Pique have been a couple since the start of the decade and have two children.

It is the latest case of a high-profile foreigner with links to top level Spanish soccer being accused of avoiding tax while living there. Earlier investigations looked into Pique’s Argentinian Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid for Juventus this year

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Dammy Krane Speaks on Releasing Worship Songs

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Nigerian afro-pop singer, Oyindamola Johnson Emmanuel, popularly known as Dammy Krane, has revealed why he sang worship songs after he came out from prison.

On his return from prison in Canada after being tried by the court for alleged credit card fraud, the pop star released a couple of gospel-like songs.

The songs sparked off rumours that his prison experience had made him switch to gospel music genre.

However, the singer told Vanguard that he only sang the gospel songs because he wanted something from God.

He said, “No, I’m not into gospel music. ‘Amen’ is just a song. When I want something, I pray to my God, and worship him and he gives it to me.

“For example, in that Amen song, I kept saying ‘Number one on the music chart, it’s God’. Right now the song is number one on the music chart.

“After what happened last year, I had to praise and worship Him for all he had done.

“They both came from the same emotional inspiration. God knows best.”

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Popular Nollywood actor, Ifeanyi Gbulie dead

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Ace Nollywood actor, Elder Ifeanyi Ikenga Gbulie is dead.

DAILY POST gathered that Elder Danda, as he’s famously called, passed away two days back after battling stroke for years.

Ifeanyi died in Enugu.

Confirming the development to DAILY POST, ace movie director and a member of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, DGN, Chima Okoroji, said the late actor would be greatly missed.

“This is too heavy for me; I love this man with a passion his humility is out of this world. I will miss you so much,” he said.

The late actor is known for his elderly roles in films, such as End of Dreams and Under Fire.

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