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“I believe that every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man” – Joke Silva shares her Thoughts on Gender Equality



You gotta love Joke Silva!

The veteran actress has some new photos, shot by Yetunde Babaeko and styled by Yolanda Okereke, and we love them!

She shared a few of the photos on Instagram while also dropping some wise words about gender inequality.

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The photos were shot in a bid to promote the upcoming Hear Word! Tour.

See what she wrote below.

I believe we are equal and that every human should have equal rights. I also believe that every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. The extension of equal rights is the basic principle of progress. 
We will never have true civilization or growth until we have learned to recognize the importance of equal rights.Gender inequality affects us all, it’s like having a head without a brain or having a body without functional organs. In Malala Yousafzai’s words “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back”. #SayNoToGenderInequality #HeForShe #Empowerment #GenderEquality #Women #Strength

Styled by: @yolandaokereke
Photo by: @yetundebabaeko


  1. Moyo

    March 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Yes to Gender Equality, Yes, I love Joke silva, her style and does anyone know where I can get that 2nd dress, I love it

    • Surely

      March 26, 2016 at 1:21 am

      Boring ass woman…

  2. nnenne

    March 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks madam. You read my mind. You also liberate the family and society at large.

  3. Ada

    March 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Stunning Aunty Joke. Ageless beauty.

  4. @edDREAMZ

    March 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I just pray a woman will be made a president nxt coming election bcos the heart of a woman is pure and we need purity in this nation ryt nw…..


      March 24, 2016 at 1:21 pm


    • Mr. Egghead

      March 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      We tried making a woman Speaker of the House of Reps.

      Look how “well” that turned out.

    • Tara

      March 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      We’ve tried making a man president how many times ? Look how that turned out? If a man makes a mistake, he’s judged individually, but if a woman makes a mistake, she’s judged as a woman and as a representative of ALL women, abi? Because women aren’t round characters and individually unique like men. Egghead

    • Nahum

      March 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Yes, the world is absolutely THRIVING under the rule of men ?

    • Tunmi

      March 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      “because the heart of a woman is pure”…. Emmmm that generalization still hurts both parties. Some women are leadership material, and some men are leadership material. Some people have pure hearts and some don’t. Painting one group with a broad brush is limiting and forcing all members to be one way

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect

      March 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      ??? Ed dreamz I think your heart is purer, no need to write long speeches for Ed, he has no time for those

    • Engoz

      March 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Lol, I know you mean well but you had better treat each person as an individual and not as collective.

  5. trudy

    March 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    This lady is just gorgeous! I envy her sha! aging very nice!

  6. e-bukun

    March 24, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    She’ 54yrs old…I think she looks older than her age actually.

  7. omo

    March 24, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Well said Mr Jupiter

  8. Somto

    March 24, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    We hold ourselves back as Women. As long as we attack each other, tear each other down with our words and actions, we can’t hope to have any Gender equality with Men. Women are their own worst enemy. Look at the way Women treat Widows in the villages once their Husbands are dead or a Women even dare to make a poor choice in life, Women dose out harshest critics on fellow Women. I have read it a lot on this and other blogs. All we do is destroy one another with our words. Rubbish. Gender equality Ko, Gender equality ni. Too much wickedness, envy, jealousy,back stabbing and lack of unity for it to work and Men know this.

    • Tofunmi

      March 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Your comment on how women hold themselves back is also part of how women debase other women, you can be the change you want to see by speaking of the women that actually do nice and uplifting things for other women. Joke Silva that spoke well for women, isn’t she a woman? Aren’t there many women like her? This rant, and rants like these, won’t in anyway be a part of the solution.

    • Engoz

      March 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Can we retire this ‘women are their own worst enemies’? Is it a woman that will most likely rape or kill you? Men even kill more men than women, but there is no men are their own worst enemies phrases. Go to sports blogs and websites and see how men fight themselves there…still no silly phrase to qualify such actions. Stop chanting this stupid phrase that does absolutely nothing in edifying womanhood. Human beings fight and disagree. Women will fight and disagree, men too will fight and disagree. Time to move on. About widowhood rites these are just primitive patriarchal legacies, under the auspices of mostly male dibias or babalawo. As far as these women are concerned they are doing what the law says and if the rules are not adhered to the male controlled oracle tells them there are consequences to face. That is why it is left for enlightened women to open their eyes rather than take it as mere antagonism to other women.

  9. ElessarisElendil

    March 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Ehm who is we??

    Last I checked its men that do the liberating. Don’t worry Nigerian women, we’re working on it.


  10. Nura Habeeb

    March 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I do not support gender equality, becouse any jurney needs a leading person, a wife should be sobordinate to her husband becouse it is obvious that man is superior to woman psycologically..

    • Natu

      March 24, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      ‘Nura Habeeb your submission to your husband has nothing to do with gender equality. The two concepts can coexist. Your husband being the head of you has nothing to do with other women’s right to economic, social and political opportunities.

    • Dr. N

      March 24, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Very intelligent reply Natu!
      Hi 5

    • Tobi

      March 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      God made us all equally, and we are all equal in God’s eyes, I’m sure those two premises are in the same New Testament. If your husband is superior to you psychologically, speak for only yourself. You clearly do not know the meaning of submission, or that the first verse of that submission tale says “submit to one another”. If men and women are not the same psychologically, why do they write the same exams in school and apply for the same jobs. Plus remember that not everyone is a Christian or Muslim.

    • Tobi

      March 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      *ps Submission does NOT equate to subordinacy. It’s the same amount of respect a woman gives her husband who is to LOVE her ie respect her and her existence. Don’t be using religion to back up Patriarchy.

    • Engoz

      March 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Google definition: Gender Equality- the state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender.

      United Nations definition – Equality between women and men (gender equality): refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and girls and boys. Equality does not mean that women and men will become the same but that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female. Gender equality implies that the interests, needs and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity of different groups of women and men. Gender equality is not a women’s issue but should concern and fully engage men as well as women. Equality between women and men is seen both as a human rights issue and as a precondition for, and indicator of, sustainable people-centered development.

      So Mr/Ms Nura what statements do you have a problem with in these definitions? Let us address it here.

  11. prince

    March 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Mummy J is so right and like someone said, I look forward to when we will have a female president in Nigeria.
    Holiday mode activated.
    Bellanaija, see ya next week.

    • Neni

      March 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      It’s not about having a female president. We have female MDs and Folorunsho Alakija, but what has that done for us, when we’re so veiled with patriarchy? Look at interviews concerning ANY successful Nigerian woman from any background, from Actress to banker to designer to Folorunsho Alakija, in fact, pick up any issue of ThisDay Style, and what do you see? Blatant sexism!
      -What are your plans for marriage (in which case the answer eg “I will marry when the time is right” will be made the magazine cover)
      -How do you balance career and marriage
      -How do you cook for your husband.

      Even if she’s the president of the World or the richest person in the galaxy, she still has to tell us that she cooks all her husbands soup or comes home at 9pm to make her husbands dinner- even if he was home first.

      Gender discrimination cannot be fixed by making a woman president or chairman or whatever, we have to start from the home. Make all your children do housework or no one does housework at all. Give your sons and daughters the same curfew or no curfew at all. Don’t tolerate cheating or bullying from your husband or emotional blackmail from your wife, let your husband cook, let your wife make decisions. All this patriarchy that Nigerians practice in the name of culture and religion, who has been helped by it?

  12. Engoz

    March 24, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Joke Silva, that was a very apt statement. We need more veterans like yourself speaking out. They try not to listen to ‘small girls’ like us. But we will never relent in this fight.

  13. Ivie

    March 24, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    On another note: I almost thought TY Bello did the shoot until I scrolled down

  14. Md

    March 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

    We need gay rights too in nigeria…oh wait , their bill was not only thrown away , they were given 14 years imprisonment of top of that.. and we all rejoiced and quote bible and quaran verses to justify , you women wants liberation, claiming modernization,. You guys are joking

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