Veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva,has opened up on the health condition of her husband and fellow actor, Olu Jacobs.
The veteran actor has been off the movie scene for a while but he was recently seen publicly at Africa International Film Festival Awards (AFRIFF) in Lagos, looking frail.
In an interview with Chude Jideonwo aired on Channels Television on Saturday, Silva revealed that her husband has been battling with Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) for a couple of years.
“He is dealing with issues and it has been going on for a couple of years. It is known as dementia with Lewy Body. It is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and it is almost like a Parkinson’s type of disease, it affects the brain so you don’t see the shaking. It affects the person,” she said.
“It is the first time I said that publicly. I knew the time will come that it has to be known,” she added.
The veteran actress also spoke the effect her husband’s health condition is having on her and family members.
“It’s been hard on him because he doesn’t understand what is going on and also on family members as well. We have gone through it over the past couple of years and we thank God.
“We have gone through some times and situations recently that I wish I had the old you here so I don’t battle these times on my own but we are grateful for the moment of clarity. I miss the times we worked together,” she added.
The veteran actor won a lifetime achievement award at the AFRIFF recently held in Lagos.
After sharing a picture of himself with his award on his Instagram page, many of his fans congratulated him and also expressed concern about his frail look.