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His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
Literary fiction

His Only Wife

by Peace Adzo Medie

Quick take

A young Ghanaian woman's life is upended when she discovers her new husband is in love with another woman.

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    Romance

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    Female friendships

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    Love triangle

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MarriageIssues

    Marriage issues

Synopsis

Afi Tekple is a young seamstress whose life is narrowing rapidly. She lives in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother, spending much of her time in her uncle Pious’s house with his many wives and children. Then one day she is offered a life-changing opportunity—a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo, a man she doesn’t truly know. She acquiesces, but soon realizes that Elikem is not quite the catch he seemed. He sends a stand-in to his own wedding, and only weeks after Afi is married and installed in a plush apartment in the capital city of Accra does she meet her new husband. It turns out that he is in love with another woman, whom his family disapproves of; Afi is supposed to win him back on their behalf. But it is Accra that eventually wins Afi’s heart and gives her a life of independence that she never could have imagined for herself.

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