Meet the six famous polygamist leaders Africa has ever had

Ismail Akwei May 11, 2019 at 01:00pm

May 11, 2019 at 01:00 pm | Culture

Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei | Contributor

May 11, 2019 at 01:00 pm | Culture

Jomo Kenyatta with his wife Mama Ngina and two of his children

Jomo Kenyatta (Kenya)

Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president and father of current president Uhuru Kenyatta, was a polygamist who was married to four wives in his lifetime.

He married his first wife, Grace Wahu in 1919 before he travelled to England. In 1942, he married English woman Edna Grace Clarke and they divorced four years later. In 1950, a Senior Chief gave Kenyatta one of his daughters to take as his third wife. Grace Wanjiku died the same year while giving birth to his child.

In 1951, Kenyatta married his fourth wife, Mama Ngina, who was one of the few female students at the teacher training college where he was teaching at the time. They were married until his death in 1978. He had 8 children in total.

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