Saturday, 8 October 2016

Sex With More Than One Wife: The Bedroom Battle In Many Polygamous Homes

In African style some men marry as much as four wives but in American style some men  marry as much as four times, to different women...divorce, marry, divorce marry, etc.

Read this interesting piece by The Punch's Kunle Falayi:
My friends call me a "strong man", 48-year-old furniture maker, Wasiu Bayeju, said with a grin.

Sitting with a singlet in front of his workshop in Agege area of Lagos, the man is far from being an epitome of masculinity. But the fact that Bayeju has two wives qualifies him as a ‘strong man’ in the eyes of his peers.
“They say the fact that I have two wives in a hard time like this means I am strong financially,”
Bayeju said, as he grinned the more.

That description summed up many of the assumptions about polygamous men in Nigeria.

Assumption on their financial status and their s*x lives are two of the “wars” men like Bayeju have had to constantly fight.

“It feels like war, many times,” he said. But at this point, his grin had metamorphosed into a grim expression that speaks of the turmoil that the man was battling with.

He regarded the writer with suspicion and asked again why he was being interviewed about s*x in polygamous marriage.

But now, Bayeju no longer grinned. He shook his head as if in self-derision when he was asked to explain what polygamous men like him go through in fulfilling their s*xual duties to their wives without making the women feel cheated.

According to Bayeju, more than anything else, the issue of s*x is a source of constant confrontation in marriages such as his.

He said, “It is something that happens in the house and we try to manage it without it degenerating into a big problem that neighbours will have to know about.

“What you need to know is that it is an issue that women feel really sensitive about, especially when they think you are favouring the other wife over them.”

Bayeju had a warning before he proceeded...
“If you have to marry more than one wife and still have some peace, then you should be ready not to cheat one as far as s*x is concerned. When women in polygamous marriages are jealous of one another, then you have to abide by their rules about s*x.

“There was a friend who also has two wives that I told about this thing and he called me stupid. He said I should not have allowed my wives to choose what days of the week I should dedicate to their s*xual needs. He said it was his decision. But I told him that he could only say that because his two wives are not living under his roof.”

Bayeju, an Akoko, Ondo State indigene, said he had been living in Lagos for 17 years. According to him, he met and married his first wife in 2001.

Then, an indiscretion led him to impregnate a woman, who became his second wife in 2008.

“The trouble was much,” he said.

According to him, his first wife, who already had two children for him at the time, threatened to burn down the house they lived in out of anger when she first heard about his second woman.

Bayeju said, “She told me that I should not even dare come to the house. Our family members later settled the issue and I had to bring my second wife into the house.

“It was war in the first few months. We were living in a mini-flat. So, I had to rent a two-bedroomed flat so that they could get separate rooms. My first wife gave a long list of dos and don’ts. In fact, the issue of s*x was out of it for many months as she refused to have s*x with me.

“But when she eventually agreed, that was when the issue of a time-table started. My first wife said if I did not want to create trouble in the home, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday had to be her days. I knew she was trying to punish the new woman; but just to allow peace to reign, I told her I had agreed.

“My second wife is a gentle woman and never complained about all these. But things have gradually changed over the last few years. Now, it does not really matter to either of them anymore.”

As Bayeju spoke, it became clear that beyond the financial implication of polygamy, a system that is an integral part of traditional African societies, is not all it seems, at least as far as keeping up with s*xual expectation of the women is another important issue

When The Punch embarked on the task of finding out how men in this sort of unions manage to cope with upholding their s*xual duties to their wives without leaving anyone disgruntled, many found it amusing that anybody could be interested in their s*x lives.

But some of them became philosophical, speaking like men who had seen it all just so “others could learn from our experience.”

The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, has often hinted at polygamy in Nigerian societies, with romanticised traditional story lines that portray women, who have to share their husbands with other women, laying down ground rules about what days of the week s*xual contacts would happen.

In many other instances, it is the men who lay down the rules.

But in the case of Julius, a commercial bus driver, who did not identify himself fully because “one of my wives is educated and may not like to see something like that in the newspaper,” s*x is “shared” in his home the same way things he bought for his family are shared.

Asked to explain further, Julius, said mischievously in pidgin English, “Man, even if you be Mighty Igor, your wife na master when e reach that side,” implying that no matter how strong you think you are as a man, your wife owns you when it comes to your s*xual duties in the home.

He said, “This is why when you have put yourself in trouble of marrying more than one wife, you have to be careful when it comes to s*x because nothing angers a woman so much as to think you have cast her aside in favour of a younger wife.

“When I married my second wife, I had to rent another apartment for her because my first wife said she could never live with another wife under the same roof.

“Despite that, it was still not easy managing the issue of s*x because any little issue in the house, my first wife would say, ‘Oh, you have a new wife now, why won’t you behave that way?’ Everything was always about my second wife.

“I was always angry, but relatives always advised me to handle the issue with wisdom because she had known me since I had nothing.

“But despite the fact that I don’t live under the same roof with my second wife but only go to her apartment and spend nights and sometimes weekends, the issue of s*x still brings trouble.

“I remember coming home one morning after sleeping at my second wife’s house. My first wife welcomed me with excitement and cooked for me. I became afraid because her happy mood was unusual. My mind told me, ‘This woman knows where you are coming from. She has decided to kill you.’ I did not expect her to be excited the way she was when I got home. So, I thought she had poisoned the food.”

Julius said he refused to eat the food but when the woman noticed his suspicion, she sneered at him and was about eating the food herself when he took it from her and ate it.

But later in the night, the meaning of his wife’s strange behaviour dawned on him.

“She was preparing me for a wicked plan she had plotted,” Julius, said, laughing now as he recalled what happened that night.

The man said when they settled in to sleep, he wanted to get some “actions” when his wife suddenly stood up from the bed and put on the light and said, ‘See this man o, oh, so you think you can abandon me here since yesterday and still come here and want to sleep with me? You are lying.’

“I noticed that the kind of erec-tion I had was unusual. She was laughing. I asked her what she did, all she said was that she added something to my food, that would make me stay up all night.

“I asked what it was she added but she refused to tell me. I was afraid but she said she only ‘helped me to get erec-tion very well’... She left the room and refused to let me touch her.

“I did not know whether to laugh or get angry. She said if I forced her, she would scream and wake up everybody in the house that night. She left the room and slept in the sitting room...”

The incident Julius narrated took place in Ikotun, Lagos in 2014. He later reported his wife at the Ikotun Police Division but the policemen on duty simply laughed at him.

“They asked what exactly my wife did wrong when she simply helped me to get an erec-tion and I told them I did not know what exactly she put in my food but that she could have killed me. They did not take the matter seriously,” Julius said.

He said he is now wiser in managing affairs and issues that have to do with his s*xual duties.
In Lagos State, the government was criticised by women when the House of Assembly amended the bigamy law in 2011, stating that the previous law criminalising it was no longer realistic.
Those who clamoured for its removal from the criminal laws of the state, at the time, said it was not enforceable because of the peculiar nature of the Nigerian society.

A marriage counsellor, Mr. Eddy Anjorin, said though polygamy is not a crime, it should be a crime to take on more than one wife and fail to live up to “all duties to them, including s*xual ones.”

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