An Ethiopian man who claims himself to be 107 years old with 108 children and grandchildren has married a 33 years old woman.
Hajji Abdulkadir Dekema, wed his bride Furo Guyo in a wedding ceremony during the weekend in Shashemenie area of central Ethiopia, 250 km south of capital city Addis Ababa, state affiliated media outlet Radio Fana reported on Tuesday.
Dekema says despite his fathering 108 children and grandchildren and advanced age, he plans to have more children from his latest wife. He already has two wives.
Polygamy is common among the rural areas of the Muslim dominated central and eastern areas of Ethiopia despite recent moves by the Ethiopian government to discourage the practice.
Ethiopia has a population composed of two thirds Christian and the rest being mainly Muslims, while a tiny minority located in parts of southern and western Ethiopia still profess traditional religions.
The population of Ethiopia is growing and close to reaching the 100 million mark.
With lower mortality rates than a few years ago, the number is bound to increase in the country. This coupled with the age-old culture of bearing a lot of children, usually more than two, has led the country to grapple with overpopulation.
Overpopulation can be a breeding ground for conflict, when resources, especially in African countries become strained. Conflicts over issues such as water become a source of contention between countries, which could result in the outbreak of wars. It causes diseases to spread and makes them harder to control. Starvation will also be a plaguing issue for the government to deal with. Poverty will be extensive, this is the downfall of a country facing overpopulation.
All of this will only become worse if solutions are not sought out for the factors affecting our population. We can no longer prevent it, but there are ways to control it from having a pro fund effect on the economy.