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Why Jide Kosoko missed wife’s burial in Abraka on Friday


The burial of Henrietta Kosoko, the 52 year old chubby actress wife of veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, 62, suddenly moved to Abraka (Delta state) by her family on Friday, June 10, was not attended by her husband of almost two decades, encomium.ng authoritatively learnt.

The burial earlier scheduled for Atan Cemetery, Yaba, after a planned service at Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Mushin (both in Lagos), on Friday, was hurriedly rescheduled for Abraka, in spite of all the preparations on ground.

And Jide Kosoko, who tried to persuade her family to allow the Lagos arrangements to go on as as planned, missed the ceremony in her homestead. And sources close to the Kosokos have adduced three  reasons he missed the Abraka ceremony.

Here are the three reasons Jide Kosoko, father of two of Henrietta’s children (Muyiwa, 17, and Temilade, 16) didn’t attend the burial  ceremony of his wife who died in the morning of Monday, June 6, from diabetes complications :

1. Jide Kosoko has never been to Henrietta’s Abraka homestead before – Throughout their almost 20 years as a couple, he has not once visited the home town of her partner, and he was unsure of the consequences of now attending the burial of his wife there.

2. He was apprehensive of the repercussions of not being properly married to her – Because he never really asked for the hand of their daughter in marriage, he was scared of the rites burying her in Abraka might throw up. He didn’t know whether he would have to first complete marriage rites, before the funeral would proceed. And getting married to a deceased wife is not only scary, but might involve certain uncomfortable rites.

3. The old don’t really participate in the burial rites of the young – In the Yoruba culture, older people are usually not permitted to attend the funeral of those younger. It is believed it is bad form and might bring ill-luck.

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