A man, Onyema Orji was at the weekend in Nwakpu, Ikwo Local
Government Area of Ebonyi State, forced to ‘officially’ marry his dead
wife, Blessing so as to posses the children born for him by the deceased.
Orji had divorced Blessing on the ground that her mother was interfering
in their marriage, forcing Blessing to marry another man, one
The former marriage between Blessing and Orji produced children
including twins; while the present union failed to produce any child.
Blessing later died.
But there was drama during the burial when the first husband, Onyema
Orji brought items for her burial and wanted to take the children born for
him by the late Blessing, but was told by Blessing’s family that he could
bury her but could not take possession of the children as he had not
performed the traditional marriage rite that will empower him to claim
This forced Onyema to perform the traditional marriage rite on Blessing
who was lying motionless inside casket awaiting the burial. He later
performed the traditional marriage rite and wedded Blessing and
subsequently left with his children.