Jide Kosoko

Jide Kosoko.

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Veteran Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko, has joked about ‘arresting’ a photographer who took a particular picture of him.

The 66-year-old made the joke when he shared the picture on Instagram on Monday.

“Don’t worry, I’ll get the photographer arrested soon. Happy new month,” he wrote.

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Don’t worry, i’ll get the photographer arrested soon 😁😁😁😁 Happy New Month ❤️

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The veteran actor is one of few on-screen celebrities who have managed to maintain their craft at a top level for half a century.

Born January 12, 1954, Jide Kosoko made his first bow in the acting world when he was 10 years old. He was picked up to appear in “Makanjuola” thanks to his displays when playing with his peers.

According to the sexagenarian star in a 2016 interview with The Nation, his love for acting was fuelled by the late acting star, Hubert Adedeji Ogunde, who lived in the same neighbourhood as he.

Sure, his love for theatre arts and film faced opposition from his parents who belonged to the Lagos royalty. Jide Kosoko was born a prince and the arts was not highly regarded at the time – and for a long time after. He persevered and by age 18, he had formed his own theatre group called Babkok Group in 1972.

Jide Kosoko has also starred in TV drama, “Tinsel”. He was Chief Segun Adeniyi in “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” which screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. e enjoyed more success at the Nollywood Box Office the following year with his appearances in “Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons” and “King of Boys”.