Ogunde Portrait0002

In 1969, during one of Chief Hubert Ogunde’s Tour to Europe and the Great Britain, A British Commentator was so disturbed by the fact that the Chief was having six of his wives on the tour with him. He queried Chief Ogunde on this and see his response in the below EXTRACT.

Yes, I can remember all this and then, something that I think is funny happened when I took my group on tour of Europe and Britain 1968/69 full year, touring Europe and Britain. Now, around July 1969, my group was chosen to perform at the International Musical Architecture they called it in Wales 1969.So after the performance, I had an interview with the world Press. One BBC Interviewer, the commentator asked me, chief you have six of your wives in this group performing on this tour and then, I understand you still have another six, making twelve in all. May be you still have more, why is that so?  How can you even cope with twelve wives? Do you think it is good for one man to have twelve wives?

Ogunde n wives

Well, I told him that in Africa, this was the exactly the thing I told him ‘In Africa, we don’t pretend to be what we are not. We are faithful people. We are truthful people. When we marry one wife, we say it is one. When it is ten, we say it is ten. When it is twenty, we say it is twenty and people know. But here, you marry one officially for everyone to see and you have ten, probably twenty outside. So, you are hypocrites! We are sincere.

And from the second day, I received several telephone calls and messages from women, ladies and even men, telling me ‘Oh Chief Ogunde you are correct, tell us more. You are speaking the truth, we agree with you.”

[ Culled from the Manuscript, Hubert Ogunde: Odyssey of a Renowned Nationalist , By Adedara Oduguwa]


Published by


EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHER is a privately owned Nigerian journalist team, located in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom, dedicated to offering rich and full service bouquet including writing people biography, launching them and distributing it to all the libraries in Nigeria and around the world. We also create the best record of events, documentaries, professional/academic reports, storytelling, poem writing, political economic analysis, and all other book publications. We were registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and our registration code is 065921 in 2011. We also record your memorable events: this include; covering the event, editing it, producing it and mass producing the recorded events for you and your guest. Since incorporation, EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHER has delivered significant value in the institution of celebrating and immortalizing people who over the years have distinguished themselves by imparting lives in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s