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Man marries 201st wife in Sokoto

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Man marries 201st wife in Sokoto


Sheltering from the scorching tropical heat in the cool shade of a mango tree, 68-year-old honeymooner, Shehu Malami, sat and pondered on life with his four wives, after tying the knot 201 times.

Sheltering from the scorching tropical heat in the cool shade of a mango tree, 68-year-old honeymooner, Shehu Malami, sat and pondered on life with his four wives, after tying the knot 201 times.

“No more marriages for me, this is the end. I will retain my four wives to the end as long as another misfortune doesn’t befall me”, Malami, who recently solemnized his 201st marriage, told Agency France Presse outside his old bungalow in the ancient city of Sokoto.

In June 2004, Malami married for the 200th time, vowing it would be his last wedding. But he found he just could not keep his pledge and last week married again to replace a 40-year-old spouse he divorced recently.

Short, bald and eloquent, Malami who is popularly called “Maisaje” (the whiskered one), for his gray whiskers, could be the world’s most married person.

Now living in retirement in Sokoto, Malami’s life has been a series of “marital adventures,” he chuckled.

“I’m now a groom. I took my 201st wife a week ago, I’m on honeymoon,” Malami said as he adjusted his faded green robe.

Alternating between flawless English and his native Hausa dialect, Malami recounted what he called his “marital escapades” since he married for the first time at the age of 20, two years after dropping out of secondary school.

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Abieyuwa(Edo, Nigeria)says...

Otasowie means evening life is better than morning life. There is an error in your “evening life is better than evening life”?

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Naija g(Houston, Minnesota, US)says...

Sokari doesn’t mean joy. Joy is Biobela. Go to the village and ask the meaning of the name.

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Fay(Katy, Texas, US)says...

Actually translates to bravehearted.