La Conception du Mariage Africain : Une Lecture de Riwan Ou Le Chemin De Sable par Ken Bugul

Roseline Adebimpe Adewuyi


This paper analyzes the various socio-cultural practices and experiences relating to marriage with a critical view of polygamy, as seen in some traditional Senegalese societies. The study employed the framework of feminism. A critical reading of the selected novel – Riwan ou le Chemin de sable par Ken Bugul was done. Existing literature, and interview with the author was reviewed using. an inventory of discourse and structure in novels upholding polygamy, on one hand, and denouncing patriarchy on the other hand. The results revealed that though, the author tries to present an angelic image of polygamy and virginity being held in high esteem, the underlying messages stigmatizing arranged and early marriages, Marriage which was established by God as a means of bringing comfort to the couple has now become a source of woe to many traditional African societies. Manners failed in achieving the aim for which it was established. In many African cultures, marriage has become a source of trauma for many women due to the patriarchal system practiced by many cultures. The female author surprisingly presents a positive image of polygamy by saying that it should not be a dreaded relationship but that enlightened women folks should reconsider their stand.


Polygamy, African marriage, tradition, feminism.

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