Stella Dimoko Actor Jide Kosoko Interview On Wife's Death And Other Regrets..


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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Actor Jide Kosoko Interview On Wife's Death And Other Regrets..

Veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, would have been celebrating his 52 years of acting career, but the death of his wife, Henrietta, some weeks ago made him shelve the plans. The former President of Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), who returned to acting days back speaks on the loss of his wife, among other issues.


It is more than 41 days since you lost your wife, Henrietta. It is on record that you have resumed work. How have you been coping with life without her?

When you say how I have been coping, honestly I don’t know how to answer that question. I don’t know if I should tell you I have been fine or otherwise. I can only say God has been my rock till this moment. The truth is that I am yet to come to terms with the reality that she is no more. I don’t want to believe that she is gone. So many things have been coming up since she passed away and I know things will continue like that for some time.

What are the things that have been coming up?

Why do you want to know those things?

A lot of people are interested in knowing what has been happening to you.

What I can tell those who want to know is that God is in control. I have a serious business in hand now. There are children to take care of, which implies that I have to double my efforts to make sure that I am strong physically and financially to take good care of everybody.

What can you say about her that people didn’t know?
She was everything that you can imagine. Which one do I want to mention that is not important to me? I can’t start to explain everything to you in the course of this interview. I don’t even want to talk about it. I think we should let it be for now.

When she died, there were different reports about what led to her death. The most popular one was that she died of diabetes. Could you tell us what led to her death and your last moments with her?

You still won’t stop asking me questions about her. Everybody knows what led to her death. It is already in the public domain. She died of complications arising from diabetes.

Why did her family insist that she should be buried in Delta State against the arrangement you had made for her to be buried in Lagos State?
That was the misconception that people had about the burial. Since the day she died, her family had wanted her to be buried in Delta. There were no issues about that at all. I was only trying to bargain for her to be buried in Lagos.

What kind of relationship did you have with her parents; did you receive their blessings before you decided to marry her?

Since the beginning of our relationship, her father did not hesitate to let me know that they had customs and tradition that must be strictly adhered to.  The man told me that I am giving you my daughter but I am not releasing the rope. So when she died, I only proposed that she should be buried in Lagos but I am a man of culture and I respect tradition very well. So, there was no fuss about where she would be buried because we already knew where we were going.

Before she died, did she tell you about her dreams she could not fulfill?
What we were planning before she died was my 52 years of acting. That was the celebration we were both planning.  I wanted to do something that would be different from what others have been doing. With what has happened now, I have nothing to rejoice about anymore. But somewhere along the line, I will launch my book, which I called a Warrior’s Lamentation. I wrote the book myself because I used my words to capture the message I am passing across to the people. People will have a lot to learn about my experience in life; my sojourn into the movie industry. 

I am going to bare it all in that book; I am not going to hide anything. Some names will come up in that book. These people have contributed to the rise and fall of the movie industry. I will also talk about our collective mistake that worked against the progress of the industry.

As things stand now, what are you doing to make sure that her memory is not forgotten?

I am doing everything possible to make sure that I immortalise her. She meant a lot to me and the movie industry. Apart from the foundation which I intend to put in place, there are other things that the children and I are still working on. Don’t forget that she has a son who is into music, and my primary assignment as we speak now is to make sure that he excels in the career he has chosen.

How are you coping with the insinuation peddled in some quarters that losing three wives was not natural?

Segun, why are you asking me this question? I hope you don’t want us to discontinue this interview? I don’t want to start discussing all that. I don’t know what you expect me to tell you. Henrietta lived with me for over 20 years. I never expected or prayed that she would die. It saddens my heart when I hear people saying all sorts of things about her death. We all come to this world at one point in time and our exit will happen one day whether we like it or not. God is the giver of life. He gives it and takes it when He likes. I wish I could stop Henrietta from dying. I believe she died at God’s appointed time for her. If it is my turn tomorrow, I will not exceed that day. It is in whose place to say that someone’s death is not natural? I leave them to their belief. I leave them to God.

You are over 60 years old and you are blessed with children. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind for your family when you are no more?

You can easily call my family an entertainment home. I am happy to see my children taking after me. I am even more joyous that they are doing well for themselves. They don’t have to look up to me to live their lives the way they want.
Already, the name Kosoko will remain a reference point in the entertainment industry and generations to come will know that there was a man who lived all his life in the theatre world. If you are talking about living properties behind for my children, then you might be missing the crux of my discussion. I am grateful to God that all my grown up children are graduates. I have about eight children who have graduated from higher institutions, which is good enough for me. I have those who are yet to secure admission into the university. I feel fulfilled already as a man.

Would you love to have more children?
That will be madness. Let me say this today for the first time, I never planned to be a polygamist. I found myself in that situation and I had to adjust to the system. I didn’t set out in life to go into polygamy. So for me, having more children at this stage is madness. Apart from age, If you hear that Jide Kosoko welcomes new baby tomorrow, I am sure you will say this man is mad. Am I going to be selling the children to make money?

Do you regret being a polygamist?
Let me tell you, I don’t pray that my enemy should practice polygamy. And, this should be a lesson to the young ones coming. I know some people will say their religion permits it, but the religion did not enforce it.  I have serious business to do now. I have young children to take care of.

As an authority in the movie industry and with the way things are going, what do you think will happen in the movie industry in the next 10 years?

I have written that answer in my book. You will read about it when I release it. I already know what will happen in the movie industry in the next 10 years.

What will that thing be?
You will get it when I release my book.

In your 52 years of acting, what is that thing you have not achieved?

As one of the strong administrators in the industry, I am sad that we have not taken the industry to the level that we want. I will be happy when the industry has been properly regulated.  We have tried to have got to this stage, but we still need to speak with one voice. We need to guide ourselves with all the necessary ethics. I am part of the body that set up Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) and I will be grateful to God if it actually comes to be.

That is for your acting life, what about your personal life?

One problem with me is that my personal life and career are too interwoven; you cannot separate one from the other. I am happy with my immediate family. We are not static. Every member of my family is doing very fine.

What would you have been if you were not an actor?
Honestly, I don’t know what would have happened to my life. From the beginning of my life, all that has been in my head has always been acting. I am not sure I didn’t start acting from my mother’s womb.

What would you want God to do for you again?
I wish God could reduce my age to 10.

I have many corrections to make.

What were those things you didn’t do rightly?
From the beginning of my life, I was never designed to have two wives. My major regret in life is that I went into polygamy. My second regret, which is not my fault entirely, was that I was lucky to be one of the pioneering members of ANTP. I and some few people did not guard the industry jealously. We opened the gate without ensuring that anybody that was coming in was trained. No matter how talented you are, you still have to be trained the rudiments of acting.
cullage-  NigerianTribune


  1. Its true tbey were living apart for years.. But the truth is as long as you have kids with your partner the relationship is for a lifetime! May her soul rest.

    1. I read an interview some years back where he said he couldn't imagine himself not being a polygamist! Now he's against it after tasting it's water and knowing how unpleasant it is? Na wa! Stupid men, the only thing they think about when having more than one wife is the "Toto" forgetting there are consequences and more responsibilities!

    2. This polygamy situation is super disgusting.. How do the women feel sef? Sharing your man with other women.. Na wao.

    3. Eyah one can tell he's regretting polygamy. The wahala is too much abeg. And look at the calamity that has befallen only him in the space of how many years. People have called him all sorts of names. It's not easy. He should just spend the rest of his life taking care of his kids. Forget about women o. E don do

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    1. #theVoiceNigeria

      And the winner is...


      Congrats girl, was rooting for Chike my boo all the way beck from yeye Project fame.

      What a Finale!

  3. Polygamist!
    I don't envy them.

  4. And just last week kemi olunloyo was saying on Instagram that,Henrietta kosoko should rest in pieces and rot in hell.she later apologised for her outbursts,but I wonder why they haven't placed her on some kind of medication for her mental issues,is it when she starts biting people that they would take her for evaluation?

    1. That woman needs more than mental attention. Only God Himself can intervene in her matter.

  5. He sounds very plain. Nice man.

  6. All of your shouting 'men are polygamous in nature' have you seen it? There's no one I've seen that practices polygamy that always recommends it. Yet young men of Hess days won't keep their penis in one place. Shioor!

  7. Polygamy has never brought forth goodness yet this won't stop men from marrying several wives

  8. God bless him and his home.

  9. Only foolish men practice polygamy

  10. I'm so sad, chai @ the voice was rooting for Brenda or Chike (never a ease) . Broken ♥ hearted..

  11. Feel sad for him.

  12. very plain.

  13. Polygamy is ugly.even professors and wealthy men who practice it later regretted in life

  14. "let me tell you, I don’t pray that my enemy should practice polygamy. And, this should be a lesson to the young ones coming."
    ALL DEM GUYS THAT LOVE POLYGAMY OR HAVING MARY BABY MAMA'S ALL ABOUT.. Pls re-read and digest... No matter ow rich u will b. Polygamy will still drain... Continue shining pussy ard.. Doing big boys.

    "D beginning of my life, I was never designed to have two wives. My major regret in life is that I went into polygamy"....
    Polygamy is not it.


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