Two years after 74-year-old Nigerian billionaire and businessman Chief Emmanuel Iwuanywu lost his wife to cancer, he married 26-year-old Frances Enwerem.
Frances is now expecting her first child. She is reported to be in her second trimester and currently in the United States where she plans to deliver the baby.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu is a Nigerian politician, an elder statesman and the chairman of Champion Newspaper. He is also the founder of Iwuanyanwu football club, popularly known as Heartland FC.
Iwuanyanwu who lost his wife Eudora, in 2011, tied the knot with his very young bride two weeks ago at a traditional ceremony. The white wedding is scheduled for tomorrow at the Ikeduru diocese in Imo state, with a reception at an event center along Port Harcourt Road, Owerri.
Sources hinted that the grown children of the high chief vehemently opposed the marriage because of the age difference.
They vowed to boycott the ceremonies while the father threatened to disown them.
Iwuanyanwu has four daughters: Mrs Nwadiuto Iheakanma who is Managing Director of Champion Newspapers, Ezinne, Nnnene and Jidechi who is in the United States. They are all older than the new wife.
He also has another son outside wedlock.
Sources hinted that the father of the new bride, Chief Enwerem is a traditional ruler in the Ugiri autonomous community, in Mbano. Iwuanyanwu allegedly facilitated the creation of the autonomous community. The mother was a close friend to Iwuanyanwu’s late wife.
The children, it was further gathered insisted that their father settled with some older lady, preferably the woman who had a son for him outside wedlock.
But when he insisted, the children decided to boycott both the traditional and white wedding.
Another drama is the decision of Iwuanyanwu to hold the wedding at his local Ikeduru Anglican Diocese, instead of the head quarters which is the Owerri Diocese.
It was gathered that there had been no love lost between the Bishop in Owerri and Iwuanyanwu because they finger him as the one who spearheaded the creation of the Ikeduru Diocese.
Our source however said the decision to wed a much younger woman was taken because Iwuanyanwu believes he is not in best of health and age not on his side, would need a much younger woman who would be able to take very good care despite the stress.
It was also gathered that a flank of the family are not happy with the position of the children who are all grown and out of the house. A source contended “ it is very unfair on the man for the older children who have all left home to hold the old man to ran some. Who he marries is his choice, the woman is not under aged. So why not give your father all the support”