|Posted by george on October 4, 2010 at 7:29 AM|
Polygamist Mzee Ancentus Akuku alias“Akuku Danger” died yesterday after along stint of suffering with diabetes and high blood pressure
sadness has engulfed his Aora Chuodho home, in Homa Bay District
His deathhas left 130 women as widows and more than 400 children as fatherless and an undocumented number of grandchildren that could be in thousands. He unlike many of his agemates who have long since died had lived along life due to what is believed to be his strict diet on no fat and salty food, he also did not take changaa or any other local brews
Akuku who married his first wife,Dinah Akuku, in 1939 is famous for his polygamous life. He married 130 women in his formative years but chased away 85 on grounds of infidelity.
And it was not just separation. Hecarried out the traditional divorce by going to their homes to claim the dowry he had paid. This way he cut all strings attached.
He remained with 45 wives. However,16 of them have since died. Until his death, he lived with 29.
Believed to have spies who spied on his many wives he was afraid on the aids and HIV that is prevalent in the larger nyanza province
By the time he was 22, Akuku wasalready a polygamist. .
He became a polygamist as a joke.But the joke worked well for him, he says.
The grand master of polygamy married his last wife at 79 in 1997. The woman was then only 18. He liked to call herAuma min Anyona (Auma mother of Anyona). Today she is 29 and a mother of three.
.Despite his age, Akuku still knew each of his children by name. And which child belongs to which mother.
Akuku, also called ‘Danger‘ (from his ability to marry many women) has all kinds of professionals in his homeand that is one of his greatest pleasures. They range from doctors, lawyers,teachers to drivers and messengers.
Born in 1918 in Kanyamwa, Ndhiwa Constituency, Akuku may not have gone to school, but today he commands respect among all cadres of people.
Visitors visited him just to learnof his fascinating story as an icon of the Luo cultural practices.
Akuku was born with business acumen.To earn a living, he trained as a tailor and opened shops in Homa Bay District,along the shores of Lake Victoria.
He became rich and attracted many young women even when he was old.
The old man believed to have the artof seduction always said that to keep a woman one had to respond to her immediate needs.
An ardent socialite he always attended discos and nightclubs
Though the magnitude of his immense wealth is not visible today, Akuku prided himself in educating his children.
his burial date is yet to be announced.