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75-year-old man who just lost his wife advertises for new wife

75-year-old man who just lost his wife advertises for new wife

A 75-year-old Tanzanian man,  Athumani Mchambua, has launched an elaborate search for a new wife after his wife died.

He puts up advertising posters in the low income area of Mbagala in the main city of Dar es Salaam, urging interested women to apply and come over for interview. The placard has, in Swahili, the qualities expected of the new wife. The successful candidate must be hardworking, must be agile to do farm work and be willing to be a step-mother to his 11 children.

75-year-old man who just lost his wife advertises for new wife

Athumani Mchambua

Mr Mchambua told the BBC's Munira Hussein that he wanted to do the search on his own and not through intermediaries, which is traditional in some cultures.

75-year-old man who just lost his wife advertises for new wife

The placard

''I felt that if I was to use a traditional intermediary to find a wife, they might find a woman and then want to keep her for themselves. That's why I decided that I search for her on my own, and put out those posters. I have held the interview only once and four candidates showed up, but no one had all the qualities. Some mentioned only two out of four [qualities] but not more than that, " he said.

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He has so far interviewed four candidates. His daughter Dalia Mchambua told the BBC that she was happy with her father's process and was ready to accept the winning "candidate" as her mother.

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