Usually all we here about from Nigeria is the spammers that are trying to get your money or international credit cards. This is far from the norm. I must say that this little story gave me a chuckle while reading the news today. Apparently a man in Nigeria has 86 wives and 170 children.
You can read the full article or just read some of my favorite parts of it below.
“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,” he told the BBC.
“To my understanding the Koran does not place a limit and it is up to what your own power, your own endowment and ability allows,” he says.
“As soon as I met him the headache was gone,” says Sharifat Bello Abubakar, who was 25 at the time and Mr Bello Abubakar 74.
On the other hand, if we’re speaking evolutionarily here, 170 offspring is pretty damn successful. And even if he slept with one wife every night, he wouldn’t go through the entire rotation for almost 3 months. That’s sure to keep the marital boredom away, for him, at least.
So, what do you say? What is the maximum number of spouses/mistresses that you could tolerate? This man says that the average husband could only deal with 10 wives before collapsing. In Nepal, there is a culture where individual women typically marry a set of brothers, so they are the ones with 3-4 husbands instead of the other way around. Not a bad deal, but the management might drive a person batty. I’ll stick with one.