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Saturday, November 13, 2010

1 Decedent, 100 Widows

From Time:

When your nickname is "Danger" because of your irresistible charms to women, then your reputation is pretty much secured — even after death.

Ancentus Akuku, a legendary Kenyan polygamist, passed away due to natural causes; he was in his late 90s. He first married in 1939, became a polygamist at 22 and married his last wife in 1992. He had more than 100 wives, and more than 200 children, each of whom he named personally. He had so many children that he set up two schools to educate them.

During Akuku's prime, polygamy was a generally accepted practice in Kenya. Now, though, women have gained status in the country, and most say his situation would be nearly impossible in today's society. If he had been American, though, he would have instantly been given a reality show on TLC.

Read the article and see a related video here.


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That's an entertaining story! :)

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Sep 16, 2011 5:18:26 PM

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