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Late Nigerian Governor’s Widow Marries His Younger Brother in Traditional Ceremony Just Weeks After His Passing

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In a poignant display of tradition and familial solidarity, the widow of late former Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has been formally reintegrated into the Akeredolu family through marriage to her late husband’s younger brother, Professor Wole Akeredolu.Late Nigerian Governor's Widow Marries His Younger Brother in Traditional Ceremony Just Weeks After His Passing

The decision was reached by the Emeabiam Community in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, who orchestrated the traditional Mgbafu Mkpe ceremony on Sunday, March 31, 2024. This symbolic event marks the transition of Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu back to her husband’s family following his demise in December 2023 after battling cancer. The late governor was succeeded by his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa, and was laid to rest in February 2024.

During the ceremony, the Umuegeolu kindred formally handed Betty over to Professor Wole Akeredolu, signifying the family’s desire to continue embracing her as part of their fold.

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Customary offerings of kola nuts, palm wine, and a she-goat were presented to the Umuegeolu kindred by the Akeredolus, honoring tradition and cementing the family’s commitment to Betty’s well-being.

Expressing gratitude to the Umuegeolu kindred and the Emeabiam Community, Professor Wole Akeredolu affirmed the Akeredolu family’s dedication to supporting Betty through her mourning period and beyond. The former first lady, clad in traditional mourning attire, remained silent throughout the ceremony, underscoring the solemnity of the occasion.Governor

Attendees, including members of the Umuegeolu family, Nde Mgboto Emeabiam (Daughters of the soil), and Oha n’Ikoro Emeabiam (Elders Council), bore witness to the Mgbafu Mkpe ceremony—a revered Igbo tradition symbolizing the transition of a widow back to her husband’s family. Through this ritual, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu’s journey finds continuity and solace within the embrace of her late husband’s kin, honoring their shared history and legacy.

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