Breaking Boundaries: Exploring Polygamous Marriage from an African Woman's Perspective in Ama Ata Aidoo's “Changes: A Love Story”

Julius Arhin-Asamoah *

Aburaman Senior High School, Abura Dunkwa, Ghana.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


This article delves into the theme of polygamous marriage in African literature, focusing on the significance of understanding the institution from the perspective of African women. Drawing from the novel Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo, the article examines the cultural context, gender dynamics, agency, and empowerment within polygamous marriages. By considering African women's voices, it challenges stereotypes, dispels misconceptions, and acknowledges the diversity of experiences and attitudes towards polygamy. The findings highlight the complexities of gender, culture, and power dynamics, and emphasize the intersectionality of African women's identities. By amplifying their perspectives, it contributes to social change, women's empowerment, and the pursuit of a more equitable and inclusive society.

Keywords: Polygamous marriage, breaking boundaries, empowerment, stereotypes, gender dynamics

How to Cite

Arhin-Asamoah , Julius. 2023. “Breaking Boundaries: Exploring Polygamous Marriage from an African Woman’s Perspective in Ama Ata Aidoo’s ‘Changes: A Love Story’”. Asian Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies 6 (3):362-72.


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