By Clinton Samuel
Prince Jide Kosoko, 68, is a veteran Nigerian actor, producer, and director. He premiered in acting in 1964 when he was only 10years old and played the lead role in the popular movie titled Makanjuola. He features in Yoruba and English language movies.
He served as the President of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP). Also a renowned producer, he has produced hit movies like Ogun Ahoyaya, Asiri n la,Olorire, and Arewaokunrin.
The Nigerian legend is an ambassador of popular consumer products like Chivita. He endorsed Merit Abode Limited in 2016, and he is also one of the brand ambassadors for Western Lotto situated in Nigeria.
MENTORSHIP OF PRINCE JIDE KOSOKO IN FILM IN A BOX TRAINING
The students and everyone involved in Film in a Box theatre training were excited upon the arrival of Mr. Kosoko. The delighted ambiance of the hall was expected, why not? It is Prince Jide Kosoko.
He got on stage and reciprocated the regard and respect of the audience. He gave regard to Hubert Ogunde, who inspired him to go into acting. At the time, money was not part of the motivation. Going into theatre mainly was passion-driven.
Kosoko discussed his rise to prominence during times it was extremely difficult and rare for people to go into theatre. He referred to that period as a “tug of war.”
He advised the students to utilize their energy in the Film in a Box training because there is always a need for an upgrade, and talent will not be enough for them to reach their potential. The industry keeps doing its best to improve, so it is only right for the people involved to be even better at what they do so they will not be forgotten.
Kosoko shared his experience with the students and made some set displays on stage which were very engaging for everyone.
There was an opportunity for questions to be asked and he took his time, in no hurry, to answer in a very detailed manner.
When asked if it was possible for someone could be a director, producer, and actor on the same production, he answered, “No. You can be a producer, director, and actor but not in the same production. Even if you have to act or appear in a movie you are directing, it should not be more than two scenes in which you cannot lead any roles. In the single or couple of scenes you may appear as an actor, your assistant director covers the directing for you.”
He emphasized how important every part/branch of theatre is, and how a film production cannot be successful without unity, or division of labour of all. He referred to the directors as “Lords of theatre.”
Kosoko motivated and encouraged the students to focus and learn as much as they can as there are no limitations. He further talked about discipline and how lack of discipline can hinder their chances of grabbing great opportunities in the industry.
It was amazing to have another prominent and notable man in Film in a Box. A mentor to most of the students; and every minute spent, every experience shared, was most definitely worth it. An experience that will remain in the hearts and minds of most of the future stars for a long time.