Man marries wife’s corpse in Anambra

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Cyriacus Izuekwe
Overview of a market in Onitsha
A man has married the corpse of his late wife following his inability to perform her traditional rites when she was alive in Onitsha city in Anambra State, eastern Nigeria.
The marriage attracted many dignitaries from both the couples’ families, friends and well wishers last Saturday in Onitsha city where both family reside.
The couple lived as husband and wife without payment of her bride price or dowry and had six children before the wife fell sick and died.
Thereafter, her family insisted that the man must marry the corpse by paying the dowry and returning the six children they had before the deceased would be buried.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the man identified as Nnanna Ude cohabited with the late Faith for 12 years as husband and wife without performing any traditional rites such as payment of bride price and giving wine to the woman’s family as demanded by Igbo culture.
The couple live at G.M.O. Road, off Atani Road in Ogbaru Local Government Area in Old Ontisha Province in Anambra State.
While the relationship lasted, Ude and Faith had six children and the family of Faith had advised Ude on many occasions to come and officially marry Faith by at least paying her bride price.
Ude who is a businessman, promised to do so for many years but did not until Faith died last week.
Trouble started after Faith fell ill and died and Ude went to her family to inform them about her death.
He was told to return the six children he had with Faith outside wedlock and then come and marry the corpse as tradition demands before he can bury her as his wife.
They warned him that if he fails to do so and went ahead to bury her, he would join her in the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper