The king with 100 wives… 72 of whom used to be married to his father: The Cameroonian leader who has 500 ‘children’ because he must take his parent’s queens as his own
Abumbi II is the 11th king, or fon, of the Bafut region in Cameroon and became the ruler after death of his father
Local tradition means the king inherited all of his father’s wives meaning that he now has close to 100 queens
Polygamy is still legal in Cameroon as is tradition in rural areas of the country for men to have more than one wife
This is the African king who has close to 100 wives after inheriting his late father’s queens as his own.
Abumbi II, became the 11th fon, or king, of Bafut in Cameroon after the death of his father in 1968.
Polygamy is still legal in Cameroon and it is tradition in rural areas for men to marry more than one woman, with no limit on how many wives one can take.
“The queens have a great role to play in the fondom,” notes Prince Nickson, also of Bafut, noting that it is up to these women behind the man to shape him in his kingly role.
“Behind every successful man must be a very successful, staunch woman,” says Abumbi’s third wife, Queen Constance.
“Our tradition has it that when you are king, the elderly wives remain to hand down the tradition to the younger wives, and also to teach the king the tradition because the king had been a prince, not a king.”
The traditional role of the fon is to control external relations of the area, as well as internal governance.
They are also in charge of justice and offer sacrifices to his ancestors in a spiritual role.
The palace of the Fon of Baut, called Ntoh, is a major tourist attraction and is listed as one of the world’s most endangered sites.