While we may have been shocked by the FLDS polygamy case in the US, this Nigerian man has that beat by a harem. Mohammed Bello Abubakar, 84, has 86 wives. Yes, that's right: 86 wives and at least 170 children. Far from recommending the practice to others, he says it takes a very special spirit to be wedded to scores of brides. He says, "A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That is why I have been able to control 86 of them." He has a reputation as a healer, which is why they're drawn to him. "I don't go looking for them, they come to me. I will consider the fact that God has asked me to do it and I will just marry them."
To find out how he cares for an Economy-Sized family, and how the women feel about it,
The Nigerian Archbishop says polygamy flies in the face of Christianity, and Islamic authorities have branded the family a cult, but the big question remains: how does one man provide for a brood so big? Abubakar says by the grace of God. He doesn't work, nor do any of his wives, yet they still manage to pay the giant cost of feeding and clothing an army — they eat almost $1,000 of food per day. One of the wives says sometimes the children are sent out to beg, and the wives live three to a room in an unfurnished house. He doesn't allow any of his family to take medicine, and denies that malaria exists.
The wives, however, seem content. One says, "I am now the happiest woman on earth. When you marry a man with 86 wives you know he knows how to look after them." He's had a lot of practice, to be sure!