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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
“I am a product of polygamy, not by marriage but by birth.” These are the words with which the author begins this powerful book that explores one of the social issues that affect Nigerian society, family, and economy, and by identifying her roots, the author immediately establishes herself as an authority on the subject, as someone who knows what she is talking about from close quarters. Polygamy: Is It a Killer? by Christy 'Seyi Olorunfemi explores the phenomenon of polygamy and how it fuels the spread of HIV/AIDS in Nigerian society and other social and family ills.
While polygamy can be traditionally viewed as an expression of power and wealth, it can have dire consequences for the family unit. In this book, the author discusses the implications of polygamy, the history of HIV/AIDS, and the role that women play in their society. Through research and interviews with women married to polygamous men, the author raises critical questions that will interest not only affected women, but the general public.
Polygamy: Is It a Killer? is a well-researched, beautifully written book that will both inform and entertain readers. This is the kind of book that will raise the awareness that Nigeria needs to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Christy 'Seyi Olorunfemi writes with confidence and authority and the reader has no doubt that she knows her subject well. She combines her gift of storytelling with researched facts to create a message that will provoke reflection in readers. The book is filled with real-life facts and it offers powerful insights that will help women make informed choices about marriage and their emotional, physical, and psychological health.