Olu Jacobs has dementia with Lewy bodies, actress Joke Silva said in an interview with Chude Jidonwo (DLB).
"It is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and it is almost like a Parkinson type of disease, it affects the brain and affects the person.
"First time I’m saying this publicly... that is what we have been dealing…but the thing is, it is hard on him because he doesn’t understand what is going on and it is hard on us family members as well," Olu Jacobs' wife said.
"We have gone through it over the past couple of years but we thank God."
She said the family has gone through some times and situations recently that she wished she had mentioned.
"So I don’t battle these times on my own but we are grateful for the moment of clarity. I miss the times we work together," she said.
She also spoke about discovering at the age of 10 that she was adopted when she was 9 months old. She said she discovered on her own that she was adopted when she rummaged through her mother's document, adding that it wasn't something her mother was comfortable talking to her about.
The actress, who turned 60 this year and has worked in the entertainment world for 40 years, previously discussed her adoption and how she learned about it.
"It’s something like where one is just getting to share it in the public. It is something that I found out when I was much younger. Mine was a secret adoption. It was not something that my parents discussed," she said.
"My mum’s elder sister wanted me to travel with her to Kenya and my mother was not around. She asked if I knew where my passport was and I was like yes yes yes. I know where mum keeps all the important documents.
"Then I go to the important suitcase that has all the important documents, where I found my passport but also found my adoption certificate. It was like ‘I beg your pardon’. I was 10-11 at the time. It was a bit shattering.
"It was tough. You know how you’re very sensitive as a child. There was just something in it letting you know they would have discussed it with you if it was something they wanted to discuss.
"But I got to a point when I was able to discuss it, myself and my mum. What was interesting is that she found it easier to discuss it with my older son than she did with me. My mum wasn’t comfortable discussing it."
Watch the interview below:
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