Veteran Nollywood actor, Prince Jide Kosoko, born to the Kosoko royal family of Lagos Island is one of the few Nigerians who have been able to participate both in Yoruba and English films. He has worked with prominent entertainment stars in the industry. There is no doubt that he is an authority in the film industry and a role model to many actresses and actors. However, it’s indeed a season of mixed feelings for the actor.
A month after he had gotten congratulatory messages on the birth of a new granddaughter from his firstborn, Sola, he also has cause to jubilate as another grandson from his younger daughter cum actor, Bidemi has been born. Sola, who is also an actor, had given birth in April 13, 2019 after a five-year wait. Married to Waheed Abina, the couple, who got married in 2012, welcomed their second child after their first, who is a 5-year-old girl called Oluwasindara.
Meanwhile, Bidemi, had given birth in the last week of May 2019. Jide Kosoko, the new granddad was so happy and took to his Instagram page to celebrate the births. The family, who would have remembered the death of one of their matriarchs, Henrietta Kosoko, who was also an actress on June 6, had reason to rejoice. Her widower wrote, “Continue to rest in peace dear,we are managing to be okay here.”
Also remembering the late actress, Bidemi wrote, “It’s 3 years already hmmmm continue to rest on iya nbe like I fondly call you, we fight a lot, disagree all the time yet we were the closest. You are highly missed omo odudukudu . themaineltee kdp3ng ademuyiwakosoko mztemilade_kosoko mama lives o.”
Henrietta Kosoko was one of the most famous Yoruba actresses and was known by everyone in Nigeria and abroad. Despite having had a blooming acting career, late Henrietta had always been very happy in her marriage with Jide Kosoko. They had met for the first time and fell in love with each other during her movie premiere in Mushin, Lagos.
She had been previously married and separated before she met him. Although Henrietta was her husband’s second wife, she did not think too much about the polygamy problem in their family. In many interviews, she mentioned that her husband had a huge impact on her acting career. She said that before marrying him, she did not treat acting and being an actress as a serious profession.
She also never denied her great fame came exactly when she got married to her husband. She had said, “influenced me into acting. Though, I was acting before I met my husband, acting as a profession has different levels. At that time, I did not take acting as a full-time profession because I trained as a caterer. But I must tell you that I achieved fame when I married my husband. My husband is from Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State, while I’m from Mushin Local Government Area. I started acting from there. Nothing has changed since then.”
The actress also had four children, two of them from her previous marriage. Henrietta admitted that being a mother is a harder job for her than being an actress. It was even harder since her husband had a second wife and her children had to deal with that fact and try to build proper communication. Despite this fact, the family stayed very friendly, loving and peaceful at all times. Her four children are now grown up and have a lot to show this world.
Unfortunately, the actress also had some health issues as she battled with diabetes for quite a long time. On June 6, 2016 she slumped at her home and died shortly after. She is sorely missed by her family, friends and fans, but her memory lives on in their hearts and in her movies.