A 69-year-old herbalist, Chief Simon Odo, who is a native of Aji, Enugu Ezike in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, who married his wife number 57 in November last year, said he has concluded his business with marrying more women.
The latest addition to Mr. Simon’s harem is Chidinma, an 18-year-old girl who was married from Okutu, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Simon Odo is also known by different people with different names like Onuwa, King Solomon of Africa or King of Satan. He was previously married to 68 women but the number was redused as a result of the demise of some of the women including Augustina Odo (nee Asogwa) and Virginia, nee Mogbo from Oraifite.
In an interview with a correspondent of the South East Voice according to Vanguard, Odo revealed that his first son, Emeka was born on December 15, 1969 and that despite the fact that he was a herbalist, all of his children have the freedom to become Christians on the condition that they must only worship with the Roman Catholic church as he dislikes Pentecostal churches.
“I was born in 1947 on the day they had an eclipse of the sun and the moon. There was darkness in the afternoon on the day I was born. I was the only son of my parents.
“I was baptised as a Christian in the Catholic Church and I even became a mass servant under Rev Father Desmond McGlade. I however became a herbalist because of circumstances beyond my control.
“As I said, I was the only son of my parents but because some of his relations wanted to take over his landed property, they poisoned me. I contracted tuberculosis and had to be treated for years. At a point, I was even unable to walk for about five years because I became lame.
“I ran to Ondo State in the South West, where I trained to become a herbalist at the age of 15, before returning to the village. I married 15 wives when my father was alive and the situation prolonged his life. He died in 1992 at the ripe old age of over 90 years. My first son has seven children and four grandchildren.”
When he was asked how he is able to cope with feeding his family, Mr. Odo answered,
“People think that I feed many of them but this is not true. Most of my children are grown up. The boys among them usually marry and go to their own houses just like the girls who marry and follow their husbands to their places.”
“However, my wives cook food for the whole family in turns. For example, if it is the turn of Ada or Omada to cook, she would invite five of her colleagues to assist her in cooking. One woman cooks for everybody in the house at a time but my other wives would always assist such a person.”
Asked if any of his sons has towed his path of becoming a herbalist, he said,
“I will not encourage them to do so. I don’t want my sons to take after me because some of them will do bad things with my medicine. As a herbalist, I have never killed anybody or thought of evil against anybody but I do not trust that my children would be upright like me. That is why I will not encourage them to inherit my medicine but I may bequeath them to some of my younger children, not the old, greedy ones.”
Though Mr. Simon Odo abhors Pentecostal churches, it was discovered that seven of his sons were ordained pastors at the Lord’s Chosen Church. At the moment, some of them are members of the Catholic and Anglican churches, while many of them are practicing their father’s business. The ordination of the pastors however, introduced a radical Christian awareness in the extra-large family of Chief Odo.