A young Somali man, Bashir Mohamed, has reportedly married two women on the same day and encouraged other men to do same.
Mohamed told BBC in Somali that he courted both ladies for about eight months and convinced them to marry him.
“I used to bring them together to socialise with me at my home,” he said, adding “I used to say openly to both of them that I love them and they were satisfied”.
“The advantage of marrying both of them at the same time is that they will not get “jealous” later and they will know from the beginning that they are in a polygamous marriage,” Mohamed said.
He said he married two wives because he wanted many children.
“I will encourage other men to do it if they can afford it.”
Polygamy is allowed in Somali culture, but it is unusual to marry two women at the same time, BBC Somali’s Mohamed Mohamed says.
It has happened a few times in the last few years, suggesting that a new trend may be starting, he adds.
Mohamed married the two women, Iqra and Nimo, in Sinai village in the breakaway state of Somaliland on 22 June, the private Somaliland Informer news site, reported soon after their wedding.