Prince Jide Kosoko (born 12 January 1954) is a Nigerian actor, director, and producer. He was born into a royal family, hence his traditional title of prince or “omoba” in the Yoruba language.
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. 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.
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 who was working with the Ifelodun traveling theatre troupe invited him to an audition for a role in Makanjuola, a telemovie. Jide Kosoko accepted the invitation; he later went for the audition and was chosen for the role, playing a character called Alabi. Kosoko continued with acting, he then 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 theatre troupe.
Jide Kosoko has written and also 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.
Prince Jide Kosoko is an ambassador to a popular juice production company Chivita. In 2016, he endorsed MeritAbode Limited, owners of Emerald Estate. Kosoko is also one of the brand ambassadors for Western Lotto situated in Nigeria.
Prince Jide Kosoko is married to two wives, Karimat and Henrietta, and was both blessed with children and grandchildren.
He is known to be the biological father of six children’s which are Bidemi, Shola, Temilade, Tunji, Muyiwa, and Tunde Kosoko.
Jide Kosoko’s net worth is estimated to be $700,000, according to the list of richest Nigerian celebrities.