Why Older Nigerian men marry much younger women.

Oshiomhole and Lara Fortez.
Why Older Nigerian men marry much younger women.
This article adresses Nigerian men who married women young enough to be their daughters.
From the times of old, The kingdom of love suffereth emotional violence and only sharp babes takes it by force. A new marriage culture seems to be taking place in Nigeria. It has been discovered that younger women preferred marrying older men who are advanced enough to be their fathers and this virus is catching on fast.

Nigerian old men are living proof that it is never too late to find love. When the late Owelle of Onitsha and first President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, in his late ages declared his intention to then marry his youngest wife, Uche, a member of the renowned Afikpo traditional dance named ‘Nkwa Nwite’ which entertained him when he visited Afikpo, Nigerians cried blue. Reason was because of the age difference.Zik was then in his 70s while Uche was barely 16 years. The marriage took place and today, the rest they

say is history. 

In 1989, it was publicized that Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu was dating the late former Biafran Head of State and Ikemba of Nnewi Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, a political associate of her father. Ojukwu who was alleged to be over thirty years her age later married her. By early 1990s, Bianca Onoh, became Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu. 

Not done, Shade married business mogul Okoya Thomas when she was 18 years in 2002. Later, there were reports that ex- beauty queen; Susan Hart is 'reportedly' married to Chief Sunny Kuku.

Razaq Okoya and his young wife Shade.

72-year-old Nigerian billionaire, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a politician, statesman and Chairman of the Champion Newspaper, created controversy after getting married to a girl almost 50 years his junior and tied the proverbial nuptial knot with 26-year-old Frances Chinonyerem Enwerem in a traditional ceremony that took place in Owerri, Imo State, Capital. The wedding comes two years after Iwuanyanwu, lost his wife Eudora Iwuanyanwu, to cancer. Frances is reported to be the daughter of one of Iwuanyanwu’s late wife's close friends.

Trailing behind Iwuanyanwu in this new marriage culture is Emeka Offor, businessman and a contractor from Anambra State. Ofor reported to be in his sixties secretly took another wife. He performed the traditional rite for the marriage of a 24-year old girl as the fourth wife. The ceremony took place at the residence of the father of the bride, Alexander Okey Ufondu, at Umuezeopi in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State. The bride named Adaora lives with his husband in the highbrow district of Maitama in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.The wedding generated ripples in the religious communities of Oraifite, the hometown of both Mr Offor and his new father in law, Mr Ufondu, an Onitsha-based trader.

Alaafin of Oyo and his young wives.

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