Nollywood actor, Prince Jide Kosoko, in an interview with Vanguard, disclosed that it was not his intention to be a polygamist.
According to the veteran actor, it was God's design that he married four wives, which he doesn't have any right over.
Jide Kosoko said; “I never envisaged being a polygamist though I am a product of one. My parents didn’t support it either. My first wife was a businesswoman. I craved for somebody who was in the same field as me.
"In those days, the best advice you can get is from your better half and that was how the second woman came to be. Along the line, I lost the two to childbirths within 11 months interval. I had seven children at that time, so I didn’t plan on remarrying or having more children again.
"But after much persuasion from my doctor and relatives, I decided to have a woman with the agreement of not having more children but a complete African woman will not agree to that. One thing led to the other and I got two women again. So being a polygamist is not intentional but God’s design which I do not have a right over.”Jide Kosoko and his Daughter, Shola Kosoko
Kosoko was born into the royal Kosoko family in Lagos, he studied Business Administration at the Yaba College of Technology. He is the father of popular Nollywood actresses Bidemi, Shola, Temilade, Tunji, Muyiwa, and Tunde Kosoko. He is also the uncle to Afrobeat musician, Adekunle Gold.
He began his professional career at age 10 and has remained in the Nollywood industry for more than five decades. Jide is one of the pioneers of Yoruba movies and has featured in numerous films.
Kosoko has been married to four women. Three out of the four are late, including Henrietta who was an actress until her demise in June 2016. Jide is now left with Alhaja Karimat.