Thursday, August 21, 2008

Most Wives married and Children sired?

We have another candidate for the man who has married the most wives and who has fathered the most children.

The BBC (UK) web site has an article online today titled "Nigerian faces death for 86 wives." The articles says that Mohammed Bello Abubakar, age 84, of Nigeria has 86 wives and 170 children. To avoid death according to Sharia law, he has to choose four wives and repent.

I sure hope that someone has written down the names of all of his wives, their birth dates, birth places and parents names, and his children's names, birth dates and birth places for his future posterity. Just think how complex this family tree would be in a genealogy software program. And he might fill up a whole vital records book in his village.

Bello said "A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That is why I have been able to control 86 of them."

As long as they don't complain (there may be a law against it in Nigeria, of course), having 10 wives sounds tiring. Having 86 sounds like a death worse than fate, doesn't it? How would you ever keep the names straight? Maybe he named all the children Mohammed or Sahra with a number?

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