Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko needs little or no introduction in the Nigerian movie industry.
Traditionally in Yoruba culture, a prince is expected to be entertained and not to entertain people.
The seasoned actor who despite being a prince from Lagos state defied royalty to embrace the make believe world even against his parents’ wish has matured as he turned 65 on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
And to celebrate the Nollywood Legend, below are 10 facts your probably didn’t know about him.
1. He was born in Lagos
Jide Kosoko was born on January 12, 1954 in Lagos to the Kosoko royal family of Lagos Island. He studied business administration at Yaba College of Technology.
2. He started out as a child actor
He began his acting career as a child actor in 1964 in a television production Makanjuola. He has featured in several Nollywood movies of both English and Yoruba Genres.
3. He was inspired by Hubert Ogunde
The young Kosoko grew up in Ebute Metta and was inspired by the success of Hubert Ogunde to go into acting, when an acquaintance who was working with the Ifelodun Traveling theatre troupe invited him to audition for a role in Makanjuola, a tele-movie, Kosoko accepted the invitation, he auditioned and was chosen for the role, playing a played a character called Alabi.
4. He never quits
Kosoko continued with acting, he performed with the Awada Kerikeri group consisting of Sunday Omobolanle, Lanre Hassan and Oga Bello, and had guest appearances on the T.V. Show, New Masquerade.
5. In 1972, he formed his own group theatre troupe
Kosoko has written and produced his own films and stage plays including Ogun Ahoyaya. He became visible during the Video film era, producing his own film, Asiri n la in 1992, starring in Asewo to re Mecca and Tunde Kelani’s Ti Oluwa Ni’Le part 2.
6. He is married to two wives; Karimat and Henrietta with children and grandchildren.
7. He is the father of popular Nollywood Actresses Bidemi and Shola Kosoko.