A man identified as Nnanna Ude has married the corpse of his late wife in Onitsha, Anambra State, following his inability to perform her traditional rites when she was alive.
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.
The lady’s family, however, 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, PM News reports.
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.
Ude and Faith had six children from the relationship 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, a businessman, promised to do so for many years but did not, until Faith died last week.
After Faith’s death last week, her family told him 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.
The consequence of his failure to comply would amount to him (Ude) joining her in the grave within one week as the gods of their land would fight back.
Ude was told to return the children to Faith’s family because he can’t claim children since he did not legally marry Faith, implying that any child and property Faith had belonged to her family.
This was an issue as the disagreement lingered until the two families came together last week to amicably resolve the matter.
The issue was resolved when Ude agreed he would marry the corpse by paying the bride price and performing traditional wedding, so he would be allowed to bury the deceased.
The traditional marriage was performed last Saturday while the burial is slated to take place this Friday in Imo State.
Before Faith’s death, the coupled live at G.M.O. Road, off Atani Road in Ogbaru Local Government Area in Old Ontisha Province in Anambra State.
Udeh hails from Ideato in Imo State and his deceased wife is from Ontisha in Anambra State.