This traditional African king has 100 wives, 500 children. How does he take care of them all? (photos)
- King Abumbi II of north-west Cameroon has a large harem of 100 queens and he is a father to 500 children
- It should be noted that he personally married 28 wives while 72 were part of his inheritances from his father, King Achirimbi
- The monarch's wives are not only well-spoken but they occupy a prideful place in society
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According to Face2Face Africa, a king in north-west Cameroon, Abumbi II, has 100 wives and 500 children.
The 11th king of the Bafut, he ascended the throne when his father, King Achirimbi, died in 1968. After becoming the tribe’s traditional ruler, he also inherited his father’s 72 wives.
That inherited harem of women added to the 28 he already married to swell the count to 100. In an interview with the media, his third wife, Queen Constance said: “Behind every successful man must be a very successful, staunch woman.
“Our tradition has it that when you are king, the elderly wives remain to hand down the tradition to the younger wives, and also to teach the king the tradition because the king had been a prince, not a king.”
It was gathered that the queens appear to be educated and even command great significance in the community.
A collage showing the King and some of his wives. Photos sources: CNN/Alamy
King Abumbi said that his wives are very important to him as he talked about his duty of blending the traditional with the modern so that there is no conflict.
His palace called Ntoh has been a major tourist centre and is listed as one of the world’s sites that are gravely endangered.
Though the monarchical system has been checked in this modern time, he still commands some power under the jurisdiction of the government of Cameroon.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is one of the richest religious monarchs in the world.
He was once worth $40 billion (N15,500,000,000,000). Some of his lavish lifestyles include reportedly racing Ferraris at midnight through Brunei’s capital, building a 1,788 room palace, and spending as much as $20,000 (N7,750,000) to get a haircut.
The big palace covers a wide area of 2.2 million square feet. Its designer was the popular Architect Leandro Locsin.
It made World Guinness Records as the largest residential palace. Another thing worthy of note was that the Sultan’s family reportedly bought half of the world’s Rolls-Royce as Bokiah held a record for having the largest collection.
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