Nigerian man doomed to marry dead woman he impregnated without paying bride price


A young Nigerian of Igbo extraction has been forced to marry a lady who had died during child birth from complications.
The man, simply identified as Emenike, put the lady in a family way without paying her bride price and being joined with her in holy matrimony.
While the deceased, simply known as Emerie didn’t make it during delivery, the baby however was saved.
Report has it that the couple, who had met in and resided in FESTAC were live-in partners.  They also hail from the same state-Imo, however from different Local Government Areas.
While the man was from Ngor Okpala, the deceased was a native of Owerri town, all in Imo State.
According to reports, while Emerie was alive, she had advised Emenike to go to her family and formalise their relationship since they were living together.
He promised to go and pay her bride price but never did. He continued to postpone the date till he got her pregnant, and nothing was done.
It was learnt that they had agreed that since she was pregnant, everything will be done after the deceased must have put to bed, as it was not proper to marry a pregnant woman according to their culture and tradition.
Sadly, the plan did not work out as Emerie had complications and died while she was to be delivered of the baby, and her corpse was deposited at an undisclosed mortuary.
Being confused on how to bury her, Emenike went to her family to inform them about what happened. They told him that he cannot bury her as his wife. Emenike’s family members blamed him also and later went to the deceased family to plead on his behalf.
They implored them that since the baby was alive, they should consider Emenike, and accept him as their in-law and then other rites can be performed.
Reports say both families have agreed that Emenike will have to properly marry the late Emerie according to their culture before he will be allowed to bury her and also inherit her properties and he accepted their condition.



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