Monday, April 6, 2009
Kennedy’s great-grandfather was very wealthy. He had twenty wives. When he died, his oldest son (Kennedy’s grandfather) inherited those wives, and added ten more. Needless to say, he had so many children that Kennedy doesn’t have any clue how many aunts and uncles he has. Polygamy is legal in Cameroon, but when you marry your first wife, you have to declare whether it will be a monogamous or polygamous union. One time a friend of ours was planning to get married, and he told us that he was going to declare a polygamous marriage, although he is a Christian and doesn’t believe in polygamy. We asked him why he would lie, and he said that his friends had told him it would be a good idea. That way whenever his wife caused him problems, he could threaten to take a second wife.