Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How Big is Your Family?

How big is your family in terms of the number of people? Mine is small indeed. My parents gave birth to two of us only, me and my younger sister.

Two generations above me, my grandparents' era, have different thinking or maybe the cost of living was much lower in raising up kids. Those era would see five to ten kids in one family. Initially it would be taxing on the parents but as they grow up and with the grandkids coming along, it would be fun when it comes to a family gathering. Not all big families will have happy ending. Some will treat their siblings as enemies, a tragedy indeed.

But I'm quite sure that nobody could beat this guy in Nigeria. Mohammed Bello Abubakar could be trying to register himself with the Guinness World of Records for his feat, having a total of 86 wives.

Great idea? What's in him that attracted those women to him? If it was money I would understand but it wasn't to be. This guy has no job and none of his wives too. He needs US$915 (approx. RM3,020) to feed his family daily. Rumours have it that his children are out in the streets to beg and on a good day, they could bring in US$290.

Was it sex that drew their affection towards him? Mine you, with 86 wives and proper rotation a wife could only have him for four days in a year.

Apparently, some of the wives fell for him for his healing powers. Islamic authorities in Nigeria have labelled his family as a cult. Who are the cult members - his 86 wives and 170 children.

He has one advise for the men in the world. No, not the sexual advise part but he reminded men not to follow his footsteps unless you have the same strength as his which was given by god.

Reading: Nigerian advises against 86 wives - BBC News/Africa
Tags: Africa, Nigeria, Mohammed Bello Abubakar, Cult, Islamic Authorities



Anonymous Anonymous said...

@_@ shocking....speechless....

20 August, 2008 11:51  
Blogger Ted said...

Very shocking...

Why marry a guy who already has 85 wives? I really can't understand...

20 August, 2008 13:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg, i wonder how he remember all their names! and if some of the children have the same names :D

20 August, 2008 14:09  
Blogger Simon Ho said...

this is waaaay absurd man. what kind of healing powers does he have that all the ladies dig him? even Brad Pitt kalah to him. he is depriving his children a proper childhood.

20 August, 2008 15:17  
Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

I wonder if he even remember all his wives names. I assume he is an Islam. I thought an Islam can only have a maximum of 4 wives

20 August, 2008 15:37  
Blogger foongpc said...

I also don't understand why the women want to marry him. maybe he has some kind of power over them. It's weird and well, I just can't understand it!

20 August, 2008 17:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is really shocking .... Common man could not think a little bit of it. It is just beyond the imagination.

You have nicely explore the issue with simple, neat and interesting language. Keep it up with nice literature....



20 August, 2008 17:54  
Blogger SamSeiko said...

haha i agree with cbenc12....there might be a chance that the children be the same name lolz...but 86wives?! OMG how can this happen!!

20 August, 2008 20:52  
Blogger Unknown said...

omg omg big his family?(O_o!!!)
86 wivies!!!! *faintz*

21 August, 2008 11:11  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

cazzy - i wonder how it happens

ted - u referring to no. 86 wife?

cbenc - i think he can bcuz they will wish each other everyday hehe

simon - in a way, he's not providing the best he could. too bad his understanding of religion is only up to the level that his god will provide and he sits at home

borneo - tat's where the islamic authorities have branded his family as a cult grp but with no arrest

foong - he could have black magic, not unusual in africa

quality - i think that man can imagine much much better than us haha

elite - the best is that they stay together

nkw@i - and 170 children

21 August, 2008 15:08  

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