91 WIVES AND STILL COUNTING

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At a riveting ceremony in Bida, Niger State, Nigeria, Masaba married his 91st wife. At 87 years of age, Masaba, an Islamic faith healer, who was detained for several weeks in 2008, for having too many wives, appears unrelenting in practising his peerless polygamy.

He now has close to 200 children, with 133 still surviving.

Interviewed in February by a foreign newspaper on how he satisfies his array of women, he said: “In his wisdom, God has given me the power and strength to give them the sexual portion they need,” he says. “If I didn’t satisfy them, they would leave.”

So far, Masaba’s record is unmatched by men in Nigeria. But his prowess in attracting women pales into a distant second to the polygamous record of King Lukengu of the Bakuba tribe in Congo. He has 800 wives and has even lost count of the children, according to Ten Ten(Most)Most.blogspot.com.

In September 2008, Masaba faced the anger of puritanical Islam when he was arrested from his home and ordered to divorce 82 of his wives, leaving him with just four, as prescribed by Islam. He refused. The case dragged into an Abuja High Court, where he was released after the testimony of 57 of the wives that they married him willingly.

Hmmmmm! I can’t shout.

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