This work and research carried out by the researcher has brought
new awareness to the issue of Christians and polygamy. In this work the
researcher directed his attention towards the dweller and indigenes of Oredo
Local Government Area of Edo State. According to the information conveyed from
the research carried out, it was observed that the consequence of polygamy on
Christian is pertinent. The researcher made use of questionnaire to sample the
opinions of the people concerned the following result were obtained from nine
localities or clans that made up the enclave, where the research was conducted
many of the respondents speak on the need for Christians to desist from
polygamy. The data collected were analyzed using percentage storing of
each response to an alternative answer. The researcher shows that the defect
can be tacked by the man himself if he fair and firm in all his actions in the
Background of the study
Statement of the problem
Purpose of the study
Significance of the study
Scope of the study
Population of the study
Method of administration
Method of data analysis
Discussion of the findings
Summary, Recommendations and Conclusion
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Family according to encyclopedia America is a core group of persons related by
birth, marriage or other names (such as adoption) who commonly reside in the
same household. The family is both subset of an individual’s total
kinship network and a key unity of the household or domestic economy.
Although family composition and structure vary greatly from culture to culture
in general. Furthermore, families have existed in all societies and in all
periods of human history family is equally a powerful symbol of social cohesion
and morally a kind of micro of community and society. When anthropologist and
sociologist speaks of the family they may be referring to married parents and
children or to a broader kinship units social scientists have postulated that
in all societies the family is to perform a set of basic functions. a basic
function may be considered any activity imperative for the continuing existence
of the society. The organization of an individual is defined as a role and Is
conceptualized around a specific function such as raising of children.
Moreover, each role implies a reciprocal role for example the sexual functions
of marriage reside both in the husband’s role. According to J.B Chitamber
(1972) family is the basic social institution of an organized relationship
involving workable and dependable person by ties of marriage by blood,
adoption, common consent and characterized by common residence and economic
co-operation. Dr Martin Herbert (1975) on his own part states that all known
societies the family is the most recognized unit which resumes the function of
child bearing perpetuation of the family and human rules, socialization
provision of economic man tenancy and live hood, love, affection and security.
According to Bas Dean (1977) there are many types of family units of which
monogamous and polygamous family units are inclusive.
The monogamous family unit is common in advance countries and hence it is
commonly referred to us the Western type of family. It is mostly praised by
some educated people, those who are religious ethnic’s permits only monogamous
marriage and those legally married in the law court.
Polygamy therefore is a kind of marriage that permits a person to have more
than one husband or wife. There is different type of polygamy, but the
researcher is narrowing his finding to two striking, Examples polygamy and
polyandry. Polygamy is a process whereby or which permits a man marry more than
one woman or wife, while polyandry has to do with a woman, who married to more
than one man or husband. This is practiced mostly in Tibet. The effect of this
marriage on the girl child is what the researcher is basing his research. This
type of marriage is prevalent in Nigeria particularly, Oredo local government
area of Edo state. Dr Martin Herbert and Ushio Biolonwu daintily agreed on the
following reasons: Traditionally: it
is practiced because of the prestige it accord a man, in the society in which
he lives Religiously; most
religion encouraged the practice of marrying more than one wife for example in
Islam you are expected to marry as many wife as you wish, depending on your
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
In every societies of the world there are some specific structure designated to
meet the immediate need of the society consequent upon this is Oredo settlement
she has a robust nature of socialization which clearly defines the role of both
sexes (male and female). Over the years position of women in Nigeria societies,
especially in Oredo, has not be given a serious concern.
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this study is to identify the consequences of polygamous family
unit on the Christian in Oredo local government area. To highlight the factors
which gave rise to polygamous family unit, to offer suggestion that will bring
about lasting solution to this menace.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The knowledge of the study will be of immense benefit to the following: the
married women because they are majority involved in this type of marriage the
opinion of the Christian about the issue of polygamous family unit in Oredo
local government area of Edo state the findings of the research will be
carefully analyzed and interpreted through the data collected and solution will
be provided to a given problems.
In order to achieve the objective of the study of the following questions were
raised to know whether or not they affect the attitude of polygamous parents on
the education of girls.
1.Why do men involve in polygamous marriage?
2.What are the effects of this type of marriage on
3.How will people avoid the negative effect posed
by such marriage?
4.What happens to such family when the man dies?
5.Do you think educated parent will indulge
themselves in polygamous marriage?
DEFINITION OF TERMS
EDUCATION: Is the totality of
processes through which an individual acquires knowledge, skills, attitude and
abilities which enable him or her to positively contribute towards the
meaningful development of the society. Encyclopedia American a defined Education
as a design to affirmatively assist individual to develop their skills or
potentials and to lead a productive and satisfying lives culturally, education
is the process whereby society preserves and perpetuates its social valves and
institutions. It is the means by which the collective wisdom of the past is
transmitted to each new generation.
POLYGAMOUS: This is the
institution that permits the marrying of more than one wife or husband. It can
either be polygamous, systematic polygamy is a situation in which a man marries
a woman divorce her marries another, divorce her adifinitum. While polyandry is
a process whereby a woman get married to more than one husband.
FAMILY: Family is seen as a
subset of an individual total Kinsley network and a key unit of the household
or domestic economy, a symbol of social cohesion and moral philosophy.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY
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