I Regret Being A Polygamist- Actor Jide Kosoko
By Rashidat Akashat
Legendary Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko, who has never been discrete about polygamy being one of his life’s greatest regret, reveals why.
According to PUNCH, the veteran actor told Saturday Beats that being a polygamist was beyond his control and he wished he never threaded that path.
Kosoko 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. 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.”
The accidental polygamist
The actor said he didn’t consider re-marrying but his doctor friend advised against it.
“He said I was still young and needed to take a wife. I looked at the situation critically and realized 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.
“Some of those friends of mine 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.”
Asked if he would like to re-marry, he responds, “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,” he said.