Washington, Oct 5 (ANI): A Kenyan man, who earned himself the nickname "Danger" because women found him so attractive, has passed away after marrying more than 100 women in his lifetime and fathering nearly 200 children.
Ancentus Akuku, who was Kenya's most prominent polygamist, was in his late 90's when he passed away of natural causes.
Akuku, who married his first wife in 1939, became a polygamist some 70 years ago at the age of 22, and he outlived 12 of his wives, marrying the last one in 1992.
He fathered so many children that he established two elementary schools solely to educate them, and he also built a church for his growing family to attend.
In many tribes having several wives was a sign of wealth and status for a man, and Danger Akuku represented the ultimate symbol of traditional manhood.
While young Kenyans paid their respects to the man with over 100 wives, most said that lifestyle is not possible in today's environment.
"I had heard of Akuku Danger back in the day when I was a teen, and up to now I still wonder how he did this," ABC News quoted Jeff Kilumi, a businessman in Nairobi, as saying.
"Right now, even if I had a lot of money, 'Bill Gates' rich, I wouldn't even go for a second wife. The more the women, the more the headache and stress," he stated.
While many Kenyan women had mothers and grandmothers who were part of polygamous households, most urban young women say a life like Akuku's with all his wives living together peacefully would be impossible to achieve today.
"We all understand that polygamy was allowed back then in some Kenyan communities, but Akuku is something else," Linet Wambui, a Nairobi saleswoman, said.
"Personally, I would never be married to a man who has another wife let alone a hundred more. Those women were clearly different. Try having an Akuku at this day and age, the women would kill one another," she added. (ANI)