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‘I regret being a polygamist’ – Jide Kosoko

‘I regret being a polygamist’ – Jide Kosoko

Veteran Nollywood actor Jide Kosoko was married to two wives who unfortunately passed and re-married two after: Karimat and (late) Henrietta Kosoko. Though he seemed to be living every man's dream, it seems that is one of his regrets in life.


Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko.

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In a recent interview with Punch, the actor opened up about his marital life. His first two wives died during childbirth, then he married (late) Henrietta and then Karimat.

He said: “If I have to be frank, I regret being a polygamist. I must confess. I did not really plan it and it was designed beyond my power because I never planned to marry so many wives."

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"I first married one wife but she was not part of the job I was doing and in those days, you needed a very trustworthy assistant. That pushed me to marrying the second wife. I stayed with them until I lost them both eleven months apart in the same scenario – childbirth.”


Jide with his late wife, Henrietta Kosoko.

“A doctor of mine advised against [staying single]. He said I was still young and needed to take a wife. I looked at the situation critically and realised that a lot of my friends were coming to my apartment with their girlfriends and I saw myself as becoming irresponsible and my house was a free house."

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"Some of those of my friends were married yet they still brought their girlfriends to my house. I felt if I had a wife, all that would not happen so I tried to get another wife. I was romancing two women with the mind of settling down with one. But eventually, the two entered. That was how I became a polygamist.”


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“It would be madness if at this stage, at 63 years old, I would be thinking of having a new wife. I have over 12 children I am taking care of and I have some of them that are grown up and are taking care of me as well. My wife died and left me with two teenagers and I have to take care of them.”

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