Jide Kosoko

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Jide Kosoko is a veteran Nigerian actor

Early life and career

He 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. 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.

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. 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. In 1972, he formed his own group theatre troupe.

He has written and produced his own films and stage plays including Ogun Ahoyaya. Kosoko 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.

Personal life

He is married to two wives; Karimat and Henrietta with children and grandchildren.

He is the father of popular Nollywood Actresses Bidemi and Shola Kosoko.

Selected filmography

  • Nkan La (1992)
  • Oro Nla (1993)
  • Out of Luck
  • The Department (2015)
  • Gidi Up (2014) (TV Series)
  • Doctor Bello (2013)
  • The Meeting (2012)
  • Last Flight to Abuja (2012)
  • I'll Take My Chances (2011)
  • The Figurine (2009)
  • Jenifa
  • King of Boys 2018

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