Polyandry in Africa – Plausible or Promiscuous ?

polyandry in africa, polyandry in kenya

I have seen cases of polygamy, i was born into a polygamous family – The benefits of having multiple siblings, being able to form your own football team with your brothers.. and sisters too! – having 3,4,5 or even 6 mums if your father is strong enough.

But you don’t get to see your father often, you might have 5 mothers but you only have one father and he has so many children he may not remember your name. So every child tends to fight for his attention.. and it really gets awkward when your mum and my mum quarrel with each other.. do we still remain brothers ? or are we enemies now?.

Similar thoughts roamed my mind when i heard that two men had agreed to marry the same woman. The last time i came in contact with a case of polyandry was in my sociology textbook way back in secondary school. Therefore it was very intriguing to see a real life modern day scenario in Kenya – East Africa.

Mr Sylvester Mwendwa and Elijah Kimani have agreed to be co-husbands to an unnamed woman who initially refused to choose between them. She had been having an affair with both men for over 3 years before they came to this “mutually beneficial agreement”.

Wikipedia states that the Masaai are polyandrous but in modern day African culture, such kind of behavior is linked to promiscuity.

Although polyandry is not common in kenya, there aren’t any laws to suggest that it is barred from happening. There has been an obvious outcry from the society and the fact that the unnamed woman is a widow and has two children from a previous marriage does not help things either.

“We have agreed that from today we will not threaten or have jealous feelings because of our wife, who says she’s not ready to let go of any of us,” the agreement says, Kenya’s NTV station reports.

Whilst studying sociology my teacher found it hard to find successful cases of polyandry in recent culture citing the competitive nature of men as one of the reasons. But he did say that the first place it would become prevalent would be in a multiracial westernized country such as America or the UK.

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