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Ama Ata Aidoo


Esi decides to divorce after enduring yet another morning's marital rape. Though her friends and family remain baffled by her decision (after all, he doesn't beat her!), Esi holds fast. When she falls in love with a married manwealthy, and able to arrange a polygamous marriagethe modern woman finds herself trapped in a new set of problems. Witty and compelling, Aidoo's novel, “inaugurates a new realist style in African literature.”
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    Beryl Darkwahas quoted2 years ago
    A woman alone in a hotel lobby drinking alcohol? It would definitely be misunderstood. Then she told herself that she was tired of all the continual misunderstandings.
    Beryl Darkwahas quoted2 years ago
    But marital rape? No. The society could not possible have an indigenous word or phrase for it. Sex is something a husband claims from his wife as his right. Any time. And at his convenience.
    Beryl Darkwahas quoted2 years ago
    ‘Yes, we told you, didn’t we? What is burying us now are all these imported feminists ideas
    ‘And, dear lady colleague, how would you describe “marital rape” in Akan?’
    Igbo? … Yoruba?’
    ‘Wolof? ... or Temne?’
    ‘Kikuyu? ... or Ki-Swahili?’
    ‘Zulu? ... or Xhosa?’

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