Renowned Nollywood actress, Joke Silva, has recently bared her soul about the ongoing struggles and hurdles in her marriage with veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, amid his ongoing battle with dementia. Silva’s touching revelations came to light in a heart-to-heart interview she granted with popular media personality and actress, Nancy Isime, highlighting how Olu Jacobs’ ailment has fundamentally transformed him.
Since Olu Jacobs, a prominent figure in the Nigerian film industry, was diagnosed with dementia, the couple’s relationship has undergone significant changes, and Silva hasn’t hesitated to acknowledge the hardship that this life-altering condition has posed on their marital bond. Drawing a vivid picture of their story, the veteran Nollywood actress delved deep into their past and juxtaposed it with their present predicament.
“Accepting the stark reality of my husband’s ailment was anything but easy,” shared Silva. “I had to come to terms with the fact that the man I married, the man who was my rock for many years, was gradually fading away, his vibrant personality clouded by this cruel disease. I can confidently say that 80 percent of the Olu Jacobs I knew and loved isn’t present with us most of the time.”
Reminiscing about their early years together, Joke Silva took a moment to honor the man Olu Jacobs used to be. His significant contributions to their family life and their relationship were not lost on her, even in these challenging times.
“He was an incredible father to our children and an amazing husband,” she said. “More than that, Olu was my best friend. He was there in every sense of the word, supporting, guiding, and cherishing me.”
As she opened up about the emotional turbulence that dementia has triggered in their lives, Joke Silva also touched on the power of love, resilience, and acceptance. Despite the radical transformation of her husband due to his illness, the affection she harbors for him remains unshaken.
“The husband I knew might no longer be there for me in the way I was accustomed to, but the man that’s here is someone I still love. It’s a different journey now, a different struggle, but at the end of the day, it is still about love,” she added.
Joke Silva’s heartfelt disclosure provides a window into the reality many families grappling with dementia face, painting a poignant picture of love, resilience, and adaptation. The veteran Nollywood actress’s courage to speak out about her marital struggles with Olu Jacobs amidst his ailment highlights the enduring strength of their bond and sheds light on the harsh realities that dementia can inflict on personal relationships. Yet, through it all, Silva remains a beacon of hope, her unwavering love for Olu Jacobs a testament to the power of their marital bond.