Mariama Ba's classic novel, "So Long a Letter" which is partly a scathing attack on polygamy constrasts with Helen Ovbiagele's novel, "A fresh start" which actually supports this trend. In the novel, "A Fresh start", the spouse of a wealthy man, after putting to bed four children, marries a new spouse for her husband. Luckily, the younger spouse has a good relationship with the senior wife as well as her children, whom she regards as siblings. Growing up in Nigeria, I heard of such a trend too.
Unfortunately, such relationships could backfire and create a rift between the senior wife and the younger wife. Proof of its practise dates back to Biblical era when Sarah gave her maid Hagar to her husband who then gave birth to Ishmael. From my understanding, the conflict between the Jews and the Palestines is embedded in the genealogy of Isaac and Ishmael. In the modern world, such trend may not be acceptable. My co-worker told me that no normal woman would wholeheartedly accept a rival and there are countless women who who would support him. Is it true? If so, can someone explain the underlying reason that would prompt a wealthy woman to seek a spouse for her husband, even when they exist a strong matrimonial bond between these two parties? In polygamous homes, tensions arise, but sometimes, even when the co-rivals have a good relationship, there might be speculations on the minds of cynics that their cordial relationship is a 'front'.
What do you all think?