A spinster in Kano state has picked a suitor from ‘a crowd of applicants’ after going on radio to initiate a public appeal for a husband and announce the reward of a house and a car for the chosen one.
Twenty-two-year-old Zainab Abdulmalik made the appeal on Freedom Radio on Tuesday during a programme titled ‘Inda Ranka’, after she was jilted by a lover in whom she had invested about N5 million.
She threw her search open to all interested men between the age of 17 and 25.
Speaking with BBC, Nasiru Zango, a staffer of the radio station, said Abdulmalik asked prospective husbands to come to the station on Wednesday for screening.
“Hundreds of men turned up, lured by her promise to give the one she chose a car and house,” Zango said.
In a country where millions of people are poor and unemployed, it was little surprise that young men thronged the station’s office, located at Sharia Industrial Layout.
Zango said that due to the turmoil generated by crowd of ‘applicants’, staff had to call in the police to whisk Abdulmalik away, but not before she had made her choice.
The men who turned up for the ‘screening’. Credit: Daily Trust
The details of the selected man have not been released.
Earlier, Haruna Usman, one of the boys who turned up for the screening, told Daily Trust that he was interested in the lady because of the offer.
“You know it is not un-Islamic to marry a lady because of her wealth or knowledge, so I’m here because of the offer,” he had said.
“I have been longing to marry for long but my financial status has been weighing me down. Nobody will get this opportunity that will not grab it.”
Mohammed Mustapha, 25, said he decided to offer himself to her because of the way she was treated by her ex-boyfriend.
“I’m not a poor man because my business capital is over N1 million but I came to marry because she was jilted by her lover,” he said. “If she agrees to marry me, I promise you she will not regret it.”
When Abdulmallik herself spoke with the paper, she said: “I am a trader at the singer market and I invested about N5 million in my lover but he jilted me after all I have done for him.
“It is against this that I went to the radio station to offer these items to anybody who is willing to marry me. I’m single and I have never married before.”