June 26, 2018 – A young Somali man who married two women on the same night has told the BBC that he will encourage other men to do it.
Bashir Mohamed said he courted both women for about eight months, and convinced them to marry him.
“I used to bring them together to socialise with me at my home,” he told BBC Somali.
“I used to say openly to both of them that I love them. They were satisfied,” he added.
The advantage of marrying both at the same time was that they would not get “jealous” later, and would know from the beginning that they were in a polygamous marriage, Mr Mohamed said.
He had taken two wives because he wanted “many children”.
“I will encourage other men to do it, if they can afford it,” Mr Mohamed said.
Polygamy is allowed in Somali culture, but it is unusual to marry two women at the same time. It has happened a few times in the last few years, suggesting that a new trend may be starting.
Mr Mohamed married the two women, Iqra and Nimo, in Sinai village in the breakaway state of Somaliland.
As Somali has experienced decades of civil wars in which thousands of men were killed, women outnumber men by two to one. Both of the brides were extremely happy at the occasion of their marriage.
Therefore if there are twice as many women as men, polygamy is the mere solution that will allow many women to get husbands.