-Becomes Merit Abode Ambassador
Veteran actor cum film maker, Jide Kosoko has explained why he returned to work, one month after the death of his actress wife, Henrietta Kosoko, who passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016. He added that Yoruba culture doesn’t make it mandatory for a man to remain indoors for months after wife’s death.
Speaking with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Thursday, July 21, 2016, the successful entertainer expressed dismay about some social media reports castigating him for going back to location to continue doing what he knows how to do best, about 30 days after his wife’s demise. He stated that though Henrietta’s death remains an eternal wound that no amount of mourning or cry can heal, that does not mean he should remain indoors for life.
“Yes, that’s very correct. I have returned to location. Within the short period I was at home, I had distorted the productions of so many people, though all of them understood the reason. And after a while, I had to return to work.
“Besides, I have a responsibility as a father which I don’t want anybody to take over from me once I am still alive.
“Also, Yoruba culture doesn’t support that a man should stay indoors for months after his wife’s departure. And I don’t think either Islam or Christianity supports that. It’s not as if my wife’s death was not painful to me, but I have to take care of myself, including the children left behind by the deceased.
“My wife’s death is everyday mourning, not restricted to a particular period. Whatever anybody might have written, said or posted about me, especially concerning returning to work, to me, is a non-issue. I believe people are entitled to their opinions and that’s part of the price for stardom.”
On his new endorsement deal with Merit Abode Nigeria Limited, owners of Emerald Estates series that cuts across the South-Western zone of Nigeria and beyond, which ENCOMIUM Weekly learnt earned the chubby thespian huge amount, land, branded Toyota Camry (2015) and much more, Kosoko reacted joyfully, “I give glory to God because it’s a blessing from Him. It’s true I am now a brand ambassador of Merit Abode Nigeria Limited. The company owns Emerald Estates with land across the South-Western part of the country. That’s one of the jobs I delayed as a result of my wife’s death.
Probed further on the financial worth of the contract, the Lagos prince said, “I can only say it’s a good package. From now on, I have to be cruising around in a branded Toyota Camry. Also, I will always be garbed in Emerald designer dresses anywhere I go. I thank God for the honour.”