Polygamy/Polygyny expert Esther Stanford gives a sharp and profound scholastic food for thought on polygamy and African people.
Polygamy became taboo with Colonialism due to the conflict with inheritance in large families, the social-economic threat caused by increased African populations and the Eurocentric Christian values.
However today polygamy is still a reality and is becoming an option in the African Diaspora in response to a social dilemma. Polygamy within the framework of law and balance is a viable aspect of African family systems which is exited from Kemet to Sokoto.
Perception of African self has been so given to us by the “other” that it is hard to distinguish what is indigenous intelligence and what is a product of mental conditioning because of the European dynamic.
There is a great confusion around modernity with progress and development and too often Westernization or more specific Europeanization is collapses into modernity.
African people must objectively re-examine structures that were the backbone of their historical development in an attempt to successful engage in modernity.