If one rides a horse in the heart of veteran Nollywood actor, Prince Jide Kosoko, the rider would surely have a jolly ride.
This is because the actor, who turned 60 on January 12, has been receiving phone calls, text messages, prayers and accolades from fans, family members and colleagues. This development has gladdened his heart so much that he vowed not to relent in his tradition of entertaining Nigerians.
Perhaps, he underrated his popularity in the nation’s entertainment industry having been unable to get over the continuous encomiums on him from several quarters days after his birthday.
In a chat with our correspondent, an elated Kosoko said he was grateful to God for keeping him.
He said, ‘‘I feel very happy. I am so grateful to God for His mercies in keeping me alive till today to witness 60. There have been many challenges. There were moments of sadness, happiness and mixed feelings. One cannot attain 60 and not have stories to tell. I sure have many to tell.’’
The actor, who has acted in numerous movies such as Dr. Bello, Taxi Driver and Asiri Nla, also said he was happy that Nigerians appreciate what he does.
‘‘I am happy that Nigerians love what I do. It shows that I am doing what is good. They should expect more mature productions from me and increased positive contributions to elevate the industry and set good footing for younger actors and actresses,’’ Kosoko stated.
Kosoko also expressed surprise at a birthday party which Ibadan-based Tungba singer, Mr. Yinka Ayefele held in his honour in Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday.
He said the singer didn’t allow him to spend a dime as he entertained him and his well-wishers comprising colleagues, businessmen and politicians who thronged the Yinka Ayefele Music House; venue of the event.
Ayefele had said during the event that he decided to celebrate Kosoko to show that Nigerians should discard the culture of honouring heroes only after their death.
He said, ‘‘I don’t believe that we should wait till someone is sick and in need before we recognise his or her contribution to the society. Uncle Jide deserves to be honoured.’’