Prince Jide Kosoko (born 12 January 1954) is a Nigerian actor, director and producer.[1][2][3][4][5] He was born into a royal family, hence his traditional title of prince or "omoba" in the Yoruba language.[6]

Jide Kosoko
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Jide Kosoko at 2020 AMVCA
Babajide Kosoko

(1954-01-12) 12 January 1954 (age 68)
Other namesOfredoma
  • Actor
  • Director
Years active1964-present

Early lifeEdit

Prince Jide Kosoko was born in Lagos on the 12th of January,1954, to the Kosoko royal family of Lagos Island.


Prince Jide Kosoko studied business administration at the Yaba College of Technology.[7] He began his acting career as a child actor in 1964 in a television production named Makanjuola. He has featured in several Nollywood movies in both English and Yoruba languages.[8]

The young Jide Kosoko grew up in Ebute Metta and was inspired by the huge success of Hubert Ogunde to go into acting, when an acquaintance [9] who was working with the Ifelodun traveling theatre troupe invited him to an audition for a role in Makanjuola, a tele-movie. Jide Kosoko accepted the invitation; he later went for the audition and was chosen for the role, playing [10] a character called Alabi.[11] Kosoko continued with acting, he then performed with the Awada Kerikeri group consisting of Sunday Omobolanle, Lanre Hassan and Oga Bello,[12] and had guest appearances on the T.V. show, New Masquerade.[13] In 1972, he formed his own theatre troupe.[12]

Jide Kosoko has written and also produced his own films and stage plays including Ogun Ahoyaya.[14] Kosoko became visible during the Video film era, producing his own film, Asiri n la in 1992, starring in Asewo to re Mecca[11] and Tunde Kelani's Ti Oluwa Ni'Le part 2.


Prince Jide Kosoko is an ambassador to a popular juice production company Chivita[15].In 2016,he endorsed MeritAbode Limited,owners of Emerald Estate.[16]Kosoko is also one of the brand ambassadors for Western Lotto situated in Nigeria.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Prince Jide Kosoko is married to two wives, Karimat and Henrietta,[7] and were both blessed with children and grandchildren.[2]

He is known to be the biological father of six children's which are Bidemi, Shola, Temilade, Tunji, Muyiwa, and Tunde Kosoko.

Selected filmographyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "How I survived car crash – Jide Kosoko". Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "I would have been disappointed if none of my children became an actor – Jide Kosoko". Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Jide Kosoko reveals he has diabetes". 25 July 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ "My life as Jide Kosoko's daughter—Abidemi Kosoko". Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Dad doesn't know how to discipline kids— Jide Kosoko's daughter". Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko on fame, polygamy". Vanguard News. 2021-04-12. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  7. ^ a b Yetunde Bamidele. "Nollywood Actor, Jide Kosoko talks about life at the age of 60". Naij. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jide Kosoko: A true actor at 60". Daily Independent. January 18, 2014. Archived from the original on February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "I Got The Beating Of My Life After My First Performance – Jide Kosoko • Channels Television". Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  10. ^ PM NEWS Nigeria. 2014-02-11.
  11. ^ a b Duru, Anthonia (2015-07-23). "Nigeria: Jide Kosoko - Thespian With Panache". Daily Independent (Lagos). Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  12. ^ a b "How Ogunde inspired me into acting – Veteran actor Jide Kosoko - The Nation Nigeria". The Nation Nigeria. 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  13. ^ Abraham, Anthony Ada (2016-02-22). "Nigeria: I Will Bring Back the New Masquerade - Chief Zebrudaya". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  14. ^ "I AM A PRINCE, BUT I WON'T BE OBA â€" JIDE KOSOKO". Nigerian Voice. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  15. ^ "Chivita : 10 years of fruity freshness | Bizness Watch". Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  16. ^ "Jide Kosoko gets new endorsement deal". 23 July 2016. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  17. ^ ""Western Lotto Out to Infuse Gaming with Entertainment" - MD - Marketing Edge Magazine". Marketing Edge Magazine. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  18. ^ "'The Department' Watch Osas Ighodaro, OC Ukeje, Majid Michel in trailer". Pulse Nigeria. Chidumga Izuzu. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  19. ^ "New Nollywood comedy 'Breaded Life' hits cinemas". 2021-04-16. Retrieved 2021-04-20.

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