Kosoko is an A-list Nollywood actor who has been around since the ‘60s
and he’s still a darling of many viewers. He’s a consummate actor who
has acted in many Yoruba and English movies. Aside acting, he has also
produced many films. He spoke with Sunday Sun about his firsts.
by Ifelodun Traveling Theatre. I was between 10 and 12 years old but I
was the main character. At the rehearsal, I was passionate and
determined to show my stuff. I had been doing a lot in my house and when
I was in primary school, people used to hail me. So, it was an
opportunity to display my talent. I was really excited, knowing fully
that I would be on television. Since that day, to God be the glory.
and it was a documentary shot by some Americans. I just participated
briefly but when you talk of videos, honestly I can’t remember. You know
we started the English genre simultaneously and from take off I was
there. Did you think I joined them in the process? No, No, No.
several embarrassing moments and I can’t say precisely the first one.
The first time I returned home after my shot at NTV at the Bar Beach in
1954, in those days, not too many people had television but those who
had allowed those who didn’t to watch in their houses. So, I just
finished that show I went to do at the television station and as I came
down from the bus that fateful day, people screamed, Jide! Jide!!
Jide!!! and I was scared but they now said they watched me on television
and pulled me here and there. Initially, I was embarrassed but later,
it dawned on me they appreciated my acting.
12-9-67 (laughs). Then, I worked briefly as a boarding officer with a
shipping line. The captain was so generous he gave us TV, dollars and
other items. I was really making some money then. It was that money I
used to fund my own group in 1972 and I sold the car and bought a panel
van. Both were brand new and I bought the VW for N2, 000. At that time, I
was eager to have a car and I was very young.
visa but it was at the point of entry the immigration stamped your
passport. I traveled with someone who just organized a stage performance
of Madam Tinubu. That film was shot at National Theatre in England. I’m
the first producer to produce a film partly in UK and complete it here
in Nigeria. That was around 1986.