Veteran Nollywood actor, Baba Jide Kosoko has opened up about his life as a public figure and how he fell into being a polygamous husband.
According to him, it was not his initial desire to go into polygamy but some circumstances beyond his control ushered him into into it. He was engaged in an interview with The Vanguard where he described how he ended up in polygamy.
In his words:
“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 business woman. I craved for somebody who was in the same field with 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 to remarry or have 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.”
He also spoke of his life as a celebrity and how being a public figure has robbed him of his private life
“It has robbed me of my privacy. The moment you become a public figure, your life becomes other people’s business. You have to pretend to be a gentleman even when you are a rascal. We learn to stage-manage our lives even when we are not on set.
“Many of us have learned to live a fake life to suit and keep our fans, people who see us as role models,” he added