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Forget Pandemic! Meet African Father With 49 Wives, 287 Children And 250 Grandchildren

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Before he was buried on Sunday 19th April, An Angolan father popularly known as Pai Grande, or Big Dad, drew a crowd of at least 1,000 people – including most, if not all, of his 156 surviving children and 250 grandchildren – to  pay their respects. 

Well wishers for Francisco Tchikuteny Sabalo aka Big Dad embraced, wept, sang and stood shoulder to shoulder, despite calls for social distancing and a presidential ban on gatherings of over 50 people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Big Dad, who was in his early 70s, died on Tuesday 14th April of prostate cancer, relatives told

VOA’s Portuguese Service

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Francisco Tchikuteny Sabalo aka Big Dad
He had sought treatment in Luanda and elsewhere over a year ago, said one of his sons, Lumbaneny Sabalo, but decided to return home so that “

if God called him, at least he would die beside the children and their mothers.”

He was “a complete human being” who cherished family and championed education, one well-wisher said during the service, held beneath sun-screening canopies on arid Giraul do Meio, known locally as Mungongo Island, near the southern port city of Namibe.

Tchikuteny was a Christian who belonged to the New Ecclesiastic Order of Angola, a relative said.

He was buried in a nearby cemetery newly dedicated to his family.

That family includes 42 current wives; another seven had left the family earlier, relatives said.

Angola law does not favour the practise of polygamy, but it is widely practiced in the predominantly Christian nation.

First wife Eva Domingos Bartolomeu said that she hoped to keep the family together, according to Tchikuteny’s wishes. “

I will do anything to keep his children fed and OK

,” she said.

The extended family make their living through farming, raising sheep, goats and cows, plus crops of tomatoes, cabbage, onions, peppers and corn. They sell the surplus at market.

In 2015, Tchikuteny told VOA that he cherished education and spent over $1,500 a year on school supplies.

He had expressed a desire for seeing some of his children trained in science and technology.

Three daughters currently are studying medical sciences and two sons are learning computer science, all at high school level.

Lumbaneny Sabalo had volunteered as an elementary school teacher for five years.

At the funeral service, the director of the island’s school, Gonçalves Hunandumbo, applauded Tchikuteny for supporting education and starting “

a revolution against illiteracy. … He was a man and a complete human being.”

According to Tchikuteny’s family, Tchikuteny had fathered 281 children, but 125 predeceased him.

Bid Dad is survived by his wives, children, grandchildren and 67 great-grandchildren!

With Tchikuteny’s death, “We lost a father,” Lumbaneny Sabalo said. He asked journalists and others to continue to visit the island, “where the greatest in Angola lived, and he will remain alive in the history of this country.”

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“Stop breaking the heart of white women that fall in love with you,” lawyer warns Nigerian men.

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A Nigerian lawyer, Olukayode Olugbemi, has warned fellow countrymen in the UK to stop breaking the hearts of white ladies that fall in love with them.

He said he is tired of being a shoulder his white female friends cry on, telling Nigerians to stop spoiling the country’s already dented reputation. In calling out his fellow countrymen, Olukayode described them as “boys”. The lawyer’s tweet has gathered various reactions from people. The Nigerian man begged his fellow countrymen to stop the bad treatment.  Many Nigerians in the comment section said white ladies are not the only victims of such maltreatment. Despite his ‘crazy’ hairstyle, this young man got job from top US bank, Nigerians react, say such can’t happen in their country (photos)

Below are some of the reactions:

@afilmhead said:

“Nigerian boys don spook ground gan. I remember the first babe I met in London left me because I am fresh from naija in February.”

@tamaraedolor said:

“What’s happening? I thought it was on this twitter that people agreed it’s Nigerian women’s fault that we’re maltreated by Nigerian men cos apparently they treat foreign women better.”

@MRukkiie said:

“They should also stop marrying them to get green pass. That’s wickedness! No one deserves to be used like that.”

@cissyeko said:

“Not only in the UK. People just need to stop deceiving others and stop using them for their selfish gains only to dump them. I consider this a grave sin. You can’t eat your cake and have it guys. When you treat these women this way karma has a way of catching up with you. STOP.”

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