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December 14, 2013 – Akudaaya: Nigerian Woman With Ghost Husband & Father Narrates Ordeal

The 25-minute journey on a motorcycle from Akoda junction to Odeomu to Gaga to Odansidi to Omodeere to Olodan to Abese to Ayetoro and finally to Tonkere village, all in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State was uneventful. Members of the sleepy and rustic communities, from their homestead, waved at Saturday Tribune’s TAIWO OLANREWAJU and OLUWOLE IGE while some who met them on the way greeted them expectantly and some currency exchanged hands. They were on the trail of a woman found to have been sired by a ghost and married to a ghost.

Before now, chilling stories had been told of individuals who continued to experience life even after their clear deaths. The Yoruba call them Akudaaya. To the Hausa, they are Satalwa. Time after time, there were stories of how the dead, who were supposed to be six feet under the ground, would still stick around on the surface of the earth and lead lives as normal, regular human beings albeit in faraway places where their chances of bumping into either families or acquaintances who had previously bade them goodbye from this world are virtually zero.

Many have dismissed such stories as fictions, hallucinations or fabrications, but the recent experience of a 20-year-old Taiyelolu Abdulrahman, whose father, who died almost 20 years ago, nurtured till she was married to another dead or “ghost” husband, is lending credence to such weird developments.

It was a Herculean task getting Taiyelolu to grant Saturday Tribune an interview because, according to her, she had already spoken at length with a popular Yoruba magazine which she claimed only used her story for economic reasons. “Where is the assistance they promised would come my way as a result of the interview I granted them?”

Her father-in-law, Mr Raufu Gbadamosi, also was not favourably disposed to Taiyelolu granting another press interview. He showed disapproval when he shook his head, disappeared into his room and then reappeared with a cap and just exited the house.

When she finally opened up, it turned out that nothing could be more bizarre than Taiyelolu’s story. She and her twin brother, Kehinde, grew up with their father in a flat at the Ajah area of Lagos. They led a relatively comfortable life in the house where they only depended on generator as the only source of electricity. Although their father was not engaged in any kind of work, he provided for them.

“My father was not working. He never left the house except on a few occasions at night. But if I asked for N50, 000, he gave it to me. We had no visitors and we visited nobody,” she said.

All they had to do were sleep, eat and watch home videos.

Asked about her mother, she said she and her twin brother grew up to know only their father. They did not see any woman with him. To go out of the house, their father gave the twins a small gourd each which they simply clasped to their palms and then they burst out on the road and board vehicles to the market to purchase food items like wheat, semovita, macaroni, spaghetti and rice. They never consumed amala (yam flour meal).

On a particular day, however, Taiyelolu forgot to take her gourd and as she stepped out of the house, what confronted her was a cemetery with a lot of vaults and a bushy environment.

She screamed and dashed back inside. Then, her father told her to pick the gourd, atona (guide) as it was called. As she clasped the object to her palm and then ventured out, this time, she found herself on a busy tarred road.

Another incident which frightened her happened in the night. “My father went out whenever he wanted but it was always around 10.00 or 11.00 p.m. He would not take anyone along with him. But there was a day I begged him to take me out to where he usually went and he obliged. When we got there, something strange and fearful happened. It was like a canteen and there, I saw a small cooking stand with a big pot on it without firewood or fire and the food was boiling. I asked my father how it was possible for food to cook without firewood and fire and the woman selling the food became angry and slapped me. She asked my father who I was; that I was not part of them but only wanted to expose their secrets. My father begged her and we left the place,” she remarked.

After the incident, her father refused to take her out again so that she would not be privy to the secrets and circumstances surrounding their true identities. Since then, she refused to take food from her father, but only cooked her own food.

By the time Taiyelolu came of age, her father did not allow her the choice of a husband, but asked her to marry someone identified as Abdulazeez. The man moved in with them and behaved like her father.

Soon, she got pregnant. And when she eventually went into labour, she said her father went out, brought back a particular kind of leaf which he applied on her navel and she was delivered of a baby boy without any complication. Her father, who acted as the midwife, took care of the placenta. She bore her two other boys in the same manner. Her children were named Abdul Qayum (now eight years old), ‘Rokeeb (four) and Jamiu (two and a half).

Taiyelolu’s children

But what revealed the true identities of her father and husband? She disclosed that all the jealously guarded secrets began to come to the open when Kehinde declined to marry a lady recommended by their father.

They continued their routine life until their father considered Kehinde mature enough to get married and brought a lady home for him. But Kehinde was said to have refused outright to marry “one of them.” Taiyelolu said she asked him what he meant by “one of them” but he told her not to bother as she was only a woman who was oblivious of what was happening.

“One day, Kehinde was eating and he suddenly coughed, slumped and died. My father did not feel any sorrow as a result of this. He buried my brother in an unknown place. When I asked him about where he buried him, he said some Muslim clerics had come to pray over his body and he had buried it. Not convinced by his response, I said to him: “When I had my babies, no clerics came for the naming, but they came for the burial of my brother?’”

Disturbed by the shocking death of her brother, Taiyelolu confronted her father that she wanted to know his family. That decision marked the beginning of her journey into a new world.

“Eventually, my father agreed to take me and the children to his hometown, Offa, Kwara State. He said he was from the imam’s family. When we almost got to his family house, he said he wanted to check on someone close by and pointed the house to us. He asked us to ask for Alhaji Hussein Salmoni, his uncle. When we met his uncle and explained ourselves to him, he was taken aback. He eventually showed us his grave. He said my father died over 20 years ago,” she said.

Amid bewilderment, Taiyelolu left for the only place she knew as home, Ajah, Lagos, but could not locate their house again. What worsened her situation was the mysterious disappearance of the gourd which her father had given her and could have guided her back to the house.

She went to Ilorin in an effort to locate her mother’s family house which her father told her was Isale Koto. She managed to strike up conversations with some people who introduced her to a radio presenter who narrated her story on air. She also met a lady who she followed to Ede, Osun State, and stayed with for about a month. It was while in that city that she traced her husband’s parents.

She claimed that she was walking by the road one day when a car parked by her side and the driver told her that it was her birthday and in order to felicitate with her, gave her a handset with a SIM card. Taiyelolu is uncertain of her age, but assumed that she could be more than 20.

“It was when I got to ‘this world’ that I realised that I am too young to have given birth to three children with the fourth on the way. Also, I did not know that there is a place where people struggled to earn a living until I got here. It saddens me that I now wake up every day with no money.”

She said she never attended a school, but that her father had the knowledge of the Qur’an and had western education. According to her, her father was the one who taught her and her brother Arabic and a bit of western education,” she said. It is obvious that Taiyelolu is truly versed in the recitation of the Qur’an. Her children now attend a primary school in the village.

On how she got to Tonkere, she said she went to observe the evening prayer at a mosque in Ede when, after prayers, she was chatting with the imam and an old man appeared and told her in clear terms that she was suffering.

The man then asked her why she was obstinate about returning the children with her to Tonkere, her husband’s place of birth. The man said if she refused to do so within three days, something unpleasant would become of the children and the man disappeared.

Then she asked the imam if he saw the old man who just interrupted their conversation, but the imam said no. She then collected N200 from the cleric, fetched her children and the four of them, at about after 8.00 p.m., boarded a motorcycle to Akoda junction for N50.

At the junction, she asked another cyclist to take her to Tonkere but the man, because of the fact that it was late in the day, charged her N1000, whereas she only had N150. But it was necessary that the children got to Tonkere that night because their father, who was deceased, demanded that she took them to his people.

As she pleaded with the cyclist, a car parked by them and mediated in the matter. The driver asked the cyclist to convey the woman and her children to their destination for N500, which was the usual fare. The man gave the cyclist the N500, wrote down the motorcycle’s number and warned the cyclist to take the passengers to no place but the mosque at Tonkere.

As they alighted from the motocycle at Tonkere, Taiyelolu said her husband appeared to her physically.

She said he pointed to the shop opposite the mosque as his mother’s and the third building to the shop as his father’s house, saying “I should ask for his father, Pa Gbadamosi. As they conversed, her husband said a lady who was passing by, Tosin, was his sister and he called her.” Between the time Taiyelolu looked in the direction of the lady and looked back in her husband’s direction, he had disappeared.

The lady is with her husband’s people now, but they did not receive her with open arms because the aged parents of Abdulazeez were confused about how their first son, who died at a tender age, could have fathered three children. They are suspicious of their supposed daughter-in-law and are acting cautiously around her. But she dismissed any suspicious of band motives asking why she would want to lie herself into a poor home.

Also, Taiyelolu’s mother-in-law, the Iyalode of Tonkere, had been down with stroke and the father-in-law is a farmer. Financially, they are not capable of supporting Taiyelolu and her children.

The lady, who said the clothes she uses now were given to her, added that they were rags, compared to the ones she wore in her father’s house. What pointed to the fact that she could truly be from another world was the way she was lamenting openly about the treatment meted out to her by her in-laws. She said if she had made up her story, rather than bringing her children to the old mud house, she would have taken them to the governor’s house. The mud house, she said, did not compare with her father’s house in “the other world.” She said she only left her father’s house with a black bag and a Qur’an, which are still in her possession.

She also claimed to have dreamt of her father once, who was all tears, lamenting with his finger in his mouth that he warned his daughter not to embark on this journey. She said her husband pleaded with her in her dreams each time his people offended her. She said her husband said the reason he insisted she took his children to his parents was for his parents to have the joy of raising his children as they did not have such opportunity with him even as a first child.

The parents said they could not remember where they buried Abdulazeez.

The survival of heavily pregnant Taiyelolu and the future of her three children pose a challenge to her. She said the aged parents of her “ghost” husband could no longer work, hence, the fate of her children hung in the balance.

When she called our reporter last Monday, she said she was having signs that she would soon put to bed. She, therefore, appealed to the Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Alhaja Sherifat, other well-meaning Nigerians, including corporate organisations and non-governmental organisations to come to her aid by empowering her so that her future and that of her three children abandoned could be secure.

What about her husband? She says he these days appears only in her dreams.

[Source: Saturday Tribune]



  1. Jamiu

    December 14, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    I believe this story OMG it’s just like what I see in movies

  2. Ejiro Ogene

    December 14, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    She sounds genuine please Nigerians should help her.
    Not only monetary assistance alone, she probably needs some deliverance as well

  3. Pelumi Israel

    December 14, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    This story look like a typical movie line
    Hope she finds help

  4. Ijele

    December 14, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    I must admit the story is very scary

  5. tito

    December 14, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    the story seems real because i personally had hear stories likes this befoe more common in osun and oyo state

  6. omolara olufunke agnes

    December 14, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    The lady needs love from everybody,I appeal to Oshun State government to come to her aid
    Aye Akamara!

  7. Princess

    December 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Tins are jst hapenin in dis small world,God i pray suc tins shld b far 4rm’s jst lyk a movie..i wish i av a helpin hand 2 extend it 2 her,,Lord pls let ur mercy speak

  8. oluwaseun

    December 14, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    i pray dat help will cum ur way IJN…..God wil save us from all dis occurance..(end time sign)

  9. tonia

    December 14, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Its so so scary

  10. Metu Nyetu

    December 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    If dis is true, anythn els cd b true. Hw cn a ghost produce sperm? Those children of hers, r they human beings or hughost beings? I’d neva belivd any of such stories. Dis one, I don’t want 2 beliv it, & I wil not.

  11. OBINNA

    December 14, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    have i not said it that islam is from the pity of hell.

    • Hawa

      December 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      excuse me…Islam has Natin to do with dis…..surprisingly only Naija dat these strange stories cam frm y not Saudi Arabia but Naija ..Everytin Naija. c trouble maker ooo. she holds Quran nd so wat?? is it even correct one??. in Islam there is natin like ghosts existing. na your wateva akudaaya .satalwa nd all dat u make up. c u too. luk at all fake pastors nd all dat stuff here…do u hear anyone blaming it on Christianity??so y shu d u open dat mouth of yours nd speak rubbish abt odas???

  12. Lashcartoons

    December 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    if she’s not lying it means she’s being worried by evil spirits because according to the holy Bible DEAD people are conscious of nothing at all.(Eccl. 9:5&6,10)

    • nik

      February 5, 2019 at 6:52 PM

      but did you read in the bible that Saul spoke to ghost intermediary?

  13. sharton

    December 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    wonders they say’s shall never end, life after death this is horrible i pity her well my sister God is ur comforter.

  14. Alali

    December 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    what has islam got to do with this story, obinna?

  15. Nma

    December 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    This woman is telling the truth, I have heard similar stories like this. Beside there is one that happend in my home town too.

  16. davien

    December 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    people will believe anything these days!!! this statement is false and unscientific,i guess its typical of an average nigerian to believe fairy-tales… If you have an iota of brain matter use it to gain a bit more… if i tell a nigerian reporter i saw a flying dog,it would make the front page and onward,people would amass claiming to see what they didnt see well(otherwise known as confabulation in psychology)… I,m a nigerian just like all of you,but reserve the adamant and dogmatic attitude of the average nigerian to illiterates… its a pity how a great nation is spoon-fed lies,propaganda,homophobia,cultural inequality and many many more disputes and you claim the president is on-par with the deceased great nelson mandela? Did you even know that any nation that holds on to its cultural mentality is left light-years away from development,i mean.. i laugh when i hear nigeria is becoming a third world country and reply “its headed much worse”… truthfully,we need a dedicated political figure to turn this country around atleast build a national wonder unique to nigeria alone that would attract tourist,the land masses floating on the rivers niger and benue can be turned into rice paddies and the deposits of uranium below the north-east could be used for nulear power or atleast in the re-enforcement of alloys in metal industries,i didnt learn any of these things in school i sought after the knowledge elsewhere,its a pity the average nigerian cannot tell you where there solar plexus is… shame.

  17. davien

    December 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    their not there and you… posted that with displeasure… forgive the misdemeanour.

  18. Austin GeeMoney

    December 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Well pple anything is possible and this is a shocking story. I do believe what she was saying. May God grant her courage and wisdom to forge ahead. Pls let the government do something for her.

  19. Nnamdi

    December 16, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Mr davien are you okay ?, do you need a doctor ?,This your debate is way over the top from the topic at hand,pls wait for the right topic to unload what you practice for over one need a sorry.

  20. chichi

    December 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    she is not lying it happened this year in Abia State and they were residing at Onitsha in Anmbra state.

  21. Davien

    December 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    @Nnamdi… do you realise i,m not in a university(yet),but my way of communication is that of one in it… I just finished school(secondary),i,ve mapped out every possible scenerio that can lead this country to self-destruction and mass media disinformation is part of the many ways… I intend to put up a campaign to educate the “average nigerian” to reach my level of psyche… because honestly,all you all do is sit down,watch sports,eat,pray,sleep… withdraw the comforts of all that and the average nigerian is a street thug.You all do not know what we are headed for… if you continue in such blindness do not expect that things will be better because that is the saying of a slave in bondage.. You see a foreigner and immediately react as though you have seen God,and when a foreigner sees you they can be rest assured of having a better job,house,food,because you are all gullible… You see,when… when a nation refuses advice(good or bad)from an advanced one with a stupid excuse such as “it is not in our culture”you can be rest assured of isolation of shared knowledge and as such would be reduced to the level of cave-men.

  22. Davien

    December 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    The government should not bother itself with such irrelevances,if you can help her…help! But you have to consider using the sharpest tool known to man.. logic! The odds of this phenomenon is as infinite as the universe… The odds of her making this up to get welfare is way more possible… i mean,if i had #5 for every time i heard about stuff like this i would be very wealthy…please wake up.Do not confuse my statements with that of an atheist nor that of an agnostic,i do believe in God… The miracles,geological locations of places in the bible,the people described,all down to jesus christus(real name)have all been proven,even though the dead-sea scrolls are contradicting many biblical statements it has as much possible ways to disprove them ..

  23. muna

    December 17, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    @Nnamdi,you are very correct,I also think this guy very very mad or have malaria,whoever that is over the top mental hospital case.I hope your parents are around to hold to you down when the big one hit you.sorry indeed.join a debate group,This site is not for kids.

  24. Davien

    December 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    @muna,i will not belittle myself to name calling,because that is the habit of rascals and vermin(to me)… i am 18 years of age and i have a greater perception of reality than you can ever dream of graspping(your verbal expression proves this).Have you ever wondered why Nigeria has been banned from most online business transactions.. its because of fake statements,ID’s,fraud etc but you can generalize that into disinformation… as of your wish for me to participate in debates.. i find it funny that it is the fate of all well-learned,well-spoken nigerians.. to indulge in debates?! hmmmm,its a shame that nigerians that can take us to the stars are given mediocre views like this… do you know i want to be an astro-biologist?(obviously i’m a science student)but because your country(“Nigeria”)is so backward in education i have to settle with biochemistry(for now)… ok,your president is ill(not a terminal illness)but has to go to germany for treatment,what does that say to you? what impression has he just made for germans to view nigeria as? POOR HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE!!!!

  25. Davien

    December 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    To tell you the truth… ghousts or ghouls according to paranormal researchers are the dis-embodied spirits of the once living(and now dead),whether or not that is true… the bible clearly states that the dead are truely dead! reference to the commenter “lashcartoons”(since common logic is not understood)… Isnt it possible that “demons”(imaginary tormentors) pose as the once deceased? Just to give the impression of the dead watching over the living(i call this the fore-father mentality)… now i do not know if God lets people go on vacation to see their living loved ones when they are dead but what i do know is that God would not give me a brain and a sense of skepticism if i would not be using it… i choose not to believe in demons because what you believe determines whether it exists or not and what does not exist has no hold on you… and to give another biblical explanation to that(since logic has been cast aside).. the tower of babel was the belief that we could build a tower to the very heavens,and what did God say “surely,they would do this that they believe”… so in all due respect i have reframed from believing in demons or earthly-spirits,the only meta-physical beings to me are angels,God,Jesus,and the Holy Spirit… and i do not believe in them blindly…(naturally my psyche)there are numerous texts of pontius pilates’ refernce of Jesus christus(real name),and the miracles that happened whenever he was encountered.

  26. Davien

    December 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I will take three examples to back-up my statements that superstition and propaganda leads to the destruction of any society… First,the incan empire… The people believed in sacrificing their own children,theives etc to the “sun god” because the priest promised that the sun would never return if they didnt during eclipses and ocassionally to send beautiful virgins into his home to be his wife to appease the “sun god” at the end,sudden climate change killed everyone? why? Because there was not enough people to tackle the problem(the able-bodied people were sacrificed,even their children)… Then there is the dreamland society led by jim james who many believed was a prophet because of the miracles he did,not knowing of his mental problems and drug abuses,many people followed him to form a society in the middle of nowhere leaving their identity behind,becaused he had already won them over with religious propaganda he used it to rape the women and used their superstitions to make everyone commit suicide,because he said “God wants them to leave the world” as said from someone who escaped… Then there is adolph hitler whom believed that the blond arian race were the master race and formed a society(Thule society)to further brainwash the masses using propaganda such as “ein volk.. ein reich.. ein fuhrer!” at the end his troops,his society,were all destroyed… so if the society of nigeria wants to help in monetary means for such cases,do not be shaken when a terrible inflation will ruin the country… when people will start asking the government for money to solve a spiritual issue all the time..

  27. Davien

    December 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    pardon the errors i’m not used to the mini-laptop i’m using(e and d are too close)

  28. Davien

    December 18, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Pardon the error(e and d are too close on my iphone)

  29. Davien

    December 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    lol! i should probably inform the government that i will be needing a new iphone and mini-laptop… hahaha gullible nation…

    • Mide

      July 3, 2016 at 6:18 AM

      Hey hey Davien what are you up to these days. I hope you are in University now

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