A 69-year-old herbalist based in Aji, Enugu Ezike in Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, Chief Simon Odo, also known as Onuwa, is gradually edging his name in the history books as the modern day 'King Solomon', as he has taken an 18 year old girl, named Chidinma, as his 58th wife, to add to his harem of 57 wives, South East Voice reports.
Odo who had boasted last year when the news first broke that he hopes to create his own village with his large family, got married to the teenager who is from Okutu, in Nsukka Local Government Area, also in the state of Enugu State.
Odo, whose other aliases include King Solomon of Africa or King of Satan, has more than 300 hundred children and has vowed never to stop taking new wives as long as he is still fit and capable to take care and satisfy them.
Speak during an interview, Odo who is a great grandfather, said as an only son, he has a mandate for have many children to fill the vacuum his parents left behind.
“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.
Any of my children who chooses to become a Christian is free to do so, provided he/she must become a Catholic. I don’t like the Pentecostal churches.
People think that I feed many of my wives and children 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."