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Dec 16, 2011 – Shocking: Man Forced To Marry Dead Lover

According to PM news report, all plans have been concluded by the family of a man, Ifeanyi Sunday, whose lover, Chinyere Ezeala, died in his home at Ejigbo, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria after rounds of sex, to marry the deceased as tradition demands in order to be able to bury her.

The late Chinyere was a final year student of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo before her death.

The families of the deceased and her lover allegedly reached this agreement at the Ejigbo Police Station where the matter was reported so that the criminal case against him can be withdrawn. But the police denied involvement in the arrangement.

On Monday, 12 December we reported how the man, Ifeanyi Sunday found his lover, Chinyere Ezeala, dead in his house at 36, Fayemi Street, Ejigbo, Lagos and reported to the police at Ejigbo.

He was immediately arrested and detained by the police at Ejigbo station.

Investigations revealed that the agreement to marry the deceased was one of the decisions reached at a peace meeting between the two families.

We gathered further that apart from marrying the late Ezeala according to Igbo culture and tradition, he will also sponsor her burial rites.

When contacted, an uncle of the deceased who simply gave his name as Ezeala confirmed the ageement, adding that the two families had gone to the police station to get the autopsy report but the police said it was not ready. The corpse is at Isolo General Hospital, Lagos.

We have reached agreement, there is no problem. We have agreed that Sunday will act as her husband during the traditional burial rites. The rites had to be performed before she can be buried,” he confirmed.

Co-tenants at the Ejigbo residence of Sunday confirmed that the late Chinyere was a regular visitor to the house every weekend and used to spend days before leaving for school.

The opinions of Igbo elders on the culture of marrying the dead in Igboland and this is what some of them have to say.

An Igbo chief based in Lagos, High Chief John Nwosu told P.M.NEWS that the practice is a well known tradition in Igboland. He said before such a person is buried, the man must marry the deceased, according to tradition, including paying her bride price, marriage ceremony and other rites before she is buried.

Eze Ndigbo of Lagos State, Eze Christian Nwachukwu said the practice of  marrying the dead in Igboland was in the past, but these days, it depends on the family of the deceased who can insist on such demand.

He said a family may decide to wave it if it there was proper introduction but marriage has not taken place.

Nwachukwu said he had been treating such cases in his palace and sometime travel to Igboland to mediate on such matters. He added that the situation becomes worse if the parties are from different cultures.



  1. Ada

    December 16, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Is just unfortunate cos d deceased was a regular visitor to the boyfriend’s house, dat wasent her first of doing such. D deceased uncle just want to wicked d boy. Dat was old practice, and not now. It is wel Sunday.

  2. faloye daniels kehinde.

    December 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    wot a terrible culture.dis is a computer age,this should b thrown in d bin of history.GOSH

  3. Angel Michael

    December 17, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    Such customs r repugnant to natural justice,equity and good conscience.They surely will be abolished wen same gets to court.

    • gracy ejoha

      April 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      angel michael, dat waz a gud one they, it seems as if u re a barrister? Dat is absolute wickedness. Sunny, it is well ooo.

  4. Nnanna Chinedu

    December 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    take hrt sunday. God is ya strength

  5. Loveworld Nono

    December 17, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    I dont think that it is true, if it is true. which part of igboland are they 4rm? People should look 4 a better way forward i the family of the girl just want extort money 4rm the boy, because even if the girl did not go to the boy house on that day she will still die.

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