Wonders will never cease, a bizarre report just fluttering in from the grapevine all the way from Ebonyi State. Over the weekend a man, Onyema Orji, was forced to officially ‘wed’ his dead ex-wife before he could claim his children from her family.
The incident allegedly happened in Nwakpu community in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state. According to reports, Orji had divorced Blessing due to her mother’s interference with their marriage. And, the woman even forced her daughter to marry another man.
The marriage between Blessing and Orji produced children including twins. Unfortunately Blessing died after a brief illness and had no offspring in her second marriage.
After she died from a brief illness, Orji reportedly visited the family with items for her burial ceremony and to take home his children but was told by her family that for him to claim the children, he had to perform the traditional marriage rites on the late Blessing since he had not performed the rites when they were married, and that is the only condition that will enable him claim his kids.
Desperate, the poor man had no choice but to agree with the terms so that he could take his children home.
It was later gathered that Orji performed the traditional marriage rite on his ex-wife who was lying motionless inside a casket awaiting the burial. He again wedded Blessing and subsequently was allowed to take care of his own children.