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NECLive 3: Training, Key To Longevity In Nollywood Says Joke Silva

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Nollywood actress, Joke Silva delivered the 'Teaching And Training Tomorrow's Talent' session at the NEC 2015. Veteran Nollywood actress, Joke Silva has identified proper and regular training as the only factor that can guarantee longevity in the realm of acting.

While speaking as a speaker during a session at this year's edition og Nigerian Entertainment Conference held at Eko Hotels & Suites on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Nollywood icon emphasised the need for budding and even professional actors to get proper training in order to better their craft.

Silva, who kicked off the Teaching and Training Tomorrow's Talent session with a very practical speech, affirmed that training is as important as the performance itself.

According to her, this training can take the informal form as in the case of Yoruba Travelling Theatre or a formal form like university courses or at institutes such as Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts which she co-founded with her husband, Olu Jacobs and other training institutes.

'It is very important for actors to get the right education and not only once but throughout their career. If we don't do this, what we will get is nothing but mediocrity,' she pointed out.

To further corroborate her point, she cited an example of her struggles with understanding a character she played in the stage play, For Coloured Girls and had to resort to help from popular director, Ifeoma Fafunwa for direction.

'I have spent about 34 years as an actor, I have trained several people but I realised that for me to properly understand the character, I needed some extra training. So, I went to someone I was sure understood exactly what that character needed, the actress popularly referred to as Mummy J, added.

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