Nollywood is blessed with actors like Jide Kosoko and others that have been reviewed on this website but even with Kosoko popularity, some people do not know much about him which has prompted us to write the full biography of Jide Kosoko, his net worth, career, family, movies and so on.
Babajide Kosoko is a talented Nollywood actor, producer and movie director, his acting career started at the very young age of 10, he is one of the pioneers of Yoruba movies and Nollywood which is a Nigerian movie industry.
Jide Kosoko’s contribution to the Nigerian movie industry has been massive and his role as an elder in the industry has been helpful to others who are now enjoying the dividends of Nollywood and also to upcoming actors and actresses.
Let us quickly take you through brief profile information about Jide Kosoko:
Jide Kosoko Profile
|Full Name:||Babajide Kosoko|
|Date of Birth:||12th, January 1954|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos Island, Lagos Nigeria|
|Education:||Yaba College of Technology & Olabisi Onabanjo University|
|Marital Status:||Married (Alhaja Karimat)|
|Children:||Bidemi Kosoko, Shola Kosoko, Temilade Kosoko, Tunji Kosoko, Muyiwa Kosoko and Tunde Kosoko|
|Occupation:||Actor, Producer and Movie Director|
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Biography Of Jide Kosoko
Prince Babajide Kosoko was born on the 12th of January 1954 into a royal family in Lagos State, Lagos Island to be precise, he was raised in Ebute Meta of Lagos and there are facts that he started acting at the age of 10.
Jide Kosoko even after having his education at Yaba College of Education he proceeded to study more to add to his CV when he clocked 60 years of age. We will tell you more on his education as you read along.
Jide Kosoko as stated earlier started acting when he was a kid, he has been in the movie industry for decades now and he is known to always being serious with every acting role assigned to him.
In 1964, Jide Kosoko started his professional acting career officially, he gained popularity after acting in a stage play titled “Makanjuola”, there was a call on who will take the lead role of which he applied and luckily for him he was chosen, that was where his journey into Nollywood began.
After working for 8 years with the Ifelodun Travelling Theatre group, in 1972 Jide Kosoko formed and started his own group which he called Jide Kosoko Theatre Company.
Also, Jide Kosoko is part of the popular Awada Kerikeri group which was created by Oga Bello (Adebayo Salami) and has other prominent Nollywood actors and actresses like Sola Sobowale, Femi Adebayo, Lanre Hassan, Sunday Omobolanle and many more, the group Awada Kerikeri produces a Pidgin-English program which is always shown weekly.
He acts like what he is doing is actually real and this has been a propeller for his career in the Movie industry. Jide Kosoko acts in both English and Yoruba Nollywood movies and he has acted both in Nigeria and overseas.
As years roll by, Jide Kosoko has appeared in many movies of which he starred in the majority of them, he is an A-list actor, a veteran, yet a father and a role model to many upcoming actors.
He mostly acts the role of a father or king, though he has acted in other roles that are totally different from those mentioned and he interprets his roles perfectly making movie producers go an extra length to have him in their films.
Jide Kosoko has his own movies too, the ones he produced, some of them are Asiri Nla (1992), Olorire (2003), Eje Adegbenro 1&2 (2006), Broken Chakkels (2017) and many others we would not be able to mention. Check the Filmography for all the movies acted by Jide Kosoko.
Prince Babajide Kosoko also acted with prominent Nigerian movie stars from the Nollywood English section, some of them are Jim Iyke, Ini Edo, Rita Dominic, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Desmond Elliot, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Sam Loco Efe, Majid Miche etc.
Prince Jide Kosoko had his primary and secondary education in Lagos, a South-Western region state of Nigeria, he also attended Yaba College of Education where he studied Business Administration.
After going through the journey of life at his old age of 60 he went back to school, he attended Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State to get his Bachelors’s degree in Performing Arts.
Marriage & Family
Jide Kosoko engaged four women, though three of them are currently late, he is left with one named Alhaja Karimat Kosoko. One of his late wives was also an actress “Henrietta Kosoko” before her demise.
Many rumors trailed the demise of his three wives as he was being accused of being the cause of their death though not established, still remains a rumor.
His union with his wives resulted in many children of which some of them are also known in the Nigerian movie industry, he is also blessed with grandchildren.
Awards & Recognition
The biography of Jide Kosoko will not be complete without talking about his awards. As an experienced and hardworking Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko was chosen as the President of Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners and also he has been able to win so many awards of which we will mention a few.
He won the City People Movie Award for Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and in 2018 he had another award by City People Movie Awards for Special Recognition. He has also had a lot of endorsement deals by big brands like Chivita (Chi Exotic) and also some Real Estate companies.
The current net worth of Jide Kosoko is estimated at $700,000. This earning is attributed to his years of working hard in the Nigerian movie industry coupled with the money he made from endorsement deals or adverts for big brands.
Remember we mentioned that he is an ambassador for Chivita, he owns Emerald Estate, endorsement deals from various brands, Western Lotto ambassador, and many more, these are the establishment of his wealth and he is currently rated as one of the richest Nollywood actors and also one of the most influential.
For starting his career at an early stage, Jide Kosoko has been able to feature in hundreds of movies and TV Series, here are some of them:
- Oro Nla, 1993
- Koseegbe, 1995
- Dirty Game, 1998
- Hatred 1-3, 2001
- Alani Counsellor, 2002
- Valentino 1&2, 2002
- Perosoko, 2003
- Family Crisis 1&2, 2003
- Koroba, koraba, 2003
- Arewa Okunrin, 2003
- Ori, 2004
- Perfect Murder, 2004
- Omo Britiko, 2004
- Olufunmi, 2005
- Durodola 1&2, 2005
- Caretaker, 2005
- Deadly Affair, 2005
- Abeni, 2006
- Ologbon Meji 1&2, 2006
- Aimasiko Eda, 2006
- Ile Itura, 2007
- Edunjobi, 1&2, 2007
- Nkan Agbara, 2008
- Jenifa 1&2, 2008 & 2009
- The Figurine, 2009
- Bolode O’ku, 2009
- Omo Iya Meta Leyi, 2009
- Farrayola, 2009
- I’ll Take my Chances, 2011
- Last Flight to Abuja, 2012
- The Meeting, 2012
- Dr Bello, 2013
- The Department, 2015
- Thy Will Be Done, 2015
- The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, 2017
- King of Boys, 2018
- Merry Men: The Yoruba Demons, 2018
- Funke, 2018
- Kasala, 2018
- Voiceless Scream, 2018
- Rant Queens, 2018
- The London Slaves, 2019
- The Bling Lagosian, 2019
- Reunion, 2019
- 150 Million
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