Maynard Manyowa, a former polygamist and UK-based journalist has advised men to stay away from polygamy because he learnt a hard lesson from his own experience.
In response to a Twitter user who asserted that polygamy is the future, the documentary filmmaker shared his personal experience with polygamy.
According to him, a polygamist never knows peace, he added that as a former polygamist, he almost lost the woman he genuinely loves (his first wife) because of a woman he didn’t really want to keep.
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Maynard shared that maybe polygamy wasn’t too bad but he had difficulties balancing it after 10 years of enjoying two wives, he revealed that amongst the two women, he only loved one and in an attempt to not lose the other woman he didn’t love, he almost lost the woman he genuinely loves.
“As a former polygamist – I say this is bad advice. You will never know peace. I was a lousy polygamist because I only ever loved one woman. And the other was not really my Mrs but someone I didn’t want to suffer ignominy of not being married. Biggest mistake ever. Don’t do it”
“Let me just add. When polygamy is great, it’s amazing. In fact polygamy is all good until it is all bad! I enjoyed 10 years of it. Sweet! Only issue is, in trying to keep the woman I didn’t want – I then nearly lost the one I wanted. So perhaps polygamy isn’t bad – I am,” he said.
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Polygamist practice polygamy with eight wives
Meanwhile, despite having 8 wives, 7 concubines, and 107 children, a polygamist practising polygamy shared that he would take on more wives and explained why.
In a documentary by Afrimax, 63 year old David Kalukhana who lives in Teresia village, Kakamega County, shared why he chose the path of polygamy and how he has been coping.
The polygamist wed for the first time in 1987, but thought he needed additional wives, so he continued to wed others.