The people of his community couldn’t have been surprised either.
So there’s this guy named Emamuzo somewhere in Delta state who married two women at the same time. No jokes here ladies and gentlemen.
It happened in Uro Irri, Isoko South Local Government area yesterday, March 26, 2017.
Pictures from the ceremony appeared online and the groom, alongside the two women, looked really ecstatic at the long, beautiful life he'll share with his women, his everything.
Major reactions after the ceremony have been one of surprise bothering on shock. Some other people found it amusing.
“I just can’t wrap my head around this. It’s just… I don’t know,” said a lady before bursting out in laughter.
Surely the surprise is not because the man married two women. That's too mainstream to surprise any Nigerian.
It’s very likely because he married them on the same day and everything went so smooth.
But still, really, no one should have been surprised.
The people in Uro Irri community where the ceremony took place couldn’t have been surprised. Nope.
Just as a Muslim wouldn’t be surprised to hear that a brother had up to four wives, so would the people have been unmoved at the news that Emamuzo had decided to marry his two sweethearts, Janet and Osioni.
The lack of surprise is “because it is something that happens regularly,” according to Mr. Tega who is from Ethiope West local Government, Delta state.
According to Mr. Phillip Dede who is also familiar with life in that region, “the whole two wives thing is normal to me.
“In my estimated guess, four out of every 10 men have two wives.”
Actually, the men are not even limited to two women, and some have been known to marry as much as five wives.
The number of wives a man has could even earn him bragging rights among his peers, with many of them confidently using this to judge their manliness and ability to shoulder more responsibility than other men.
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Mr. Tega says it is not uncommon to hear such men to say stuff like “do you know how many women and children I’m taking care of?”
But although these men have the leeway to marry a large number of wives and to hold a wedding ceremony with each of them, the ceremonies are usually not held on the same day, and this is where Emamuzo’s story diverts from the norm, and why it is even more interesting.
Not since the days of Fela Anikulapo Kuti have we seen a man marry more than one woman at once, with happy smiles permanent on the women's faces through the ceremony.
So, maybe instead of the shock/surprise at Emamuzo’s wedding story, the reaction should be one of respect/grudging admiration.
Afterall, he has likely earned some elevated place among the men in his community.
The rest of us could as well just give some credit where it’s due.