Full Name: Babajide Kosoko
Born: 12 January 1954
Birth place: Lagos Island
Also known as: Ofredoma
Famous as: Actor director
Years active: 1964-present
Education: Yaba College of Technology
Children: Bidemi Kosoko, Sola Kosoko, Tunji Kosoko
Spouse: Karimat Kosoko, Henrietta Kosoko
Nominations: Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor
TV shows: Gidi Up
Biographical and educational history
Jide Kosoko was born on January 12, 1954 in Lagos to the Kosoko royal family of Lagos Island.
Jide Kosoko studied business administration at Yaba College of Technology.
Jide Kosoko started as a member of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners. He became a PRO and subsequently the President.
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 Languages.
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.
Jide 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.
Jide 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.
Family and personal life
Jide Kosoko is married to two wives; Karimat and late Henrietta with children and grandchildren.
He is the father of popular Nollywood actresses Bidemi, Sola, Temilade, Tunji, Muyiwa, Tunde kosoko
Jide Kososko is one of the richest and influential actors in the movie industry with is net worth around $700,000.
Awards, recognitions and deals
Lifetime Achievement Award, City People Movie Award, 2017
Special Recognition Award, City People Movie Award, 2018
He is an ambassador to a popular juice production company, Chivita.
In 2016, he endorsed MeritAbode Limited, owners of Emerald Estate.
Additionally, he became a brand ambassador for Western Lotto in 2017.
He signed the deal along with other prominent entertainers like Olu Jacobs, Osita Iheme, Zack Orji, Ramsey Nouah, Alex Usifo, 2face, Olamide and AY Makun.
Jide Kosoko movies
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)
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel
King of Boys (2018)
Bling Lagosians (2019)
Love is war (2019)