Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same


I was recently reading a feature in a magazine about Cecilia Mwangi, the famous beauty queen of the anti-jigger campaign. She unapologetically confessed to being the second wife of one honorable Danson Mungatana. This reminded me of a similar incidence that happened a few years back, when the songstress Linda Muthama also came out and confessed to being a second wife.  This news caused such an uproar from the public with some expressing their disgust. Since then, I have been trying to understand why most people were in such shock I mean, this is nothing new after all. We are all aware that some of the Maasai people still practice polygamy and I am yet to see them make the cover of any magazine.  Our forefathers married more than one wife which was in fact viewed as a sign of being wealthy and even accorded one more respect in the society. Don’t get me wrong though, I am not a supporter of the act of having more than one wife, no. All I am saying is that history repeats itself and so people should not have reacted as if they had just seen a U.F.O. Remember when our parents rocked bell-bottoms back in their day, and just when they were going out of fashion they came back with a bang? So, don’t act so shocked if you one day wake up only to find all vehicles have been replaced with horses as a means of transport. Relax, it has all been done before!

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  2. I think the problem is not the fact that 'they' are tolerating polygamy but rather the public perception that a celebrity should have and maintain standards as a public figure. But how would you answer the question, are they in their right mind?

    But well put, we shouldn't act as if we've seen a U.F.O!

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  3. I think it's sad that people forget that the so called celebrities are normal people and not 'perfect' people,as for polygamy,I wouldn't do it but to each his own.

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  4. waking up and finding all the vehicles have been replaced by horses lol..nyc one..bt i think the shock of polygamy comes in because,we the present society have come to adopt more of a christocentric view of marriage and what our parents used to practice was more or less a tradition based on values of "marriage of wealth,status and recognition"..so it didn't matter if u r the umpteenth wife bora ni chief amekuoa!

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  5. :) Tony that's true, but do you think the kind of polygamy our great grand parents did is more justified than what happens today?

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  6. mmm no bt i think..we have to place polygamy in our grand parents days in a dfrnt context than todays..some how i dnt think they had alot of liberty in choosing their mates and if they did it was esteemed as breaking taboo

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