Thousands of mourners and sympathisers flouted Angolan’s directive banning large gatherings as a measure to curtail the spread of coronavirus to pay their last respects to one Francisco Tchikuteny Sabalo, a man who fathered 281 children from 47 wives at Mungongo Island in Angola on April 19.
According to report, he passed away at the age of 73 after battling prostate cancer for over a year, he was initially taken to the country’s capital city of Luanda as well as other places for treatment, but was returned home when his condition worsened to ensure that “if God called him, at least he would die beside the children and their mothers,” one of his sons said.
A dedicated family man and respected personality in his community, Pai Grande was described as “a complete human being” who was an advocate for education. Speaking to VOA in 2015, Sabalo, who said it was his wish for some of his children to take up careers in science and technology, revealed he spent over $1,500 on school supplies annually.
Three of his daughters currently are studying medical sciences and two sons are learning computer science, all at the high school level.
Tributes from other family and community members also poured in during the funeral, with his first wife vowing to do everything she can to keep the family together as per her husband’s wish.