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I was paid in coins when I started acting- Jide Kosoko

Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko needs no introduction when it comes to the world of make-believe and theatre. He is an actor who has been around since the ‘60s and he’s still a darling of many viewers .

Amazingly,the consummate actor is still relevant in the Nigerian movie industry, when many of his contemporaries have lost focus.

The Lagos born role –interpreter has opened up on his first embarrassing moment as an actor.

According to him:”I can’t remember, because I’ve had several embarrassing moments and I can’t say precisely the first one. The first time I returned home after my shoot 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”.

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When asked to disclose his first pay as an actor, he simply said he was paid in coins.

Hear him:”It was from the first movie I acted, Makanjuola, in 1964 and I was paid in coins but money wasn’t my focus. I was happy and I spent the money on others”.