His Only Wife

His Only Wife

“Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding.”

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.

A brilliant scholar and a fierce advocate for women’s rights, author Peace Adzo Medie infuses her debut novel with intelligence and humor. For readers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Candice Carty-Williams, His Only Wife is the story of an indomitable and relatable heroine that illuminates what it means to be a woman in a rapidly changing world.

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    His Only Wife Reviews

  • Jessica Woodbury

    A domestic drama that opens up the lives of Ghanaian women, should appeal to fans of STAY WITH ME, as it also analyzes the implications of African polygamous patriarchy on modern women.Afi does not ha...

  • emma

    i have officially received word that it is my curse to want to read everything compared to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie...

  • Anna Luce

    “All men are the same, they only know how to love themselves and to sit on women.”His Only Wife is an engrossing story that hooked me from the very first line: “Elikem married me in absentia; he...

  • Jite

    I have mixed feelings about this contemporary African story about love, marriage, culture and what it means to be the perfect daughter, wife and to “keep your home.” The premise is that Afi, is a ...

  • Oyinda

    I. Can't. Stop. Thinking. About. This. Book!!!This is perfection, okay?! Peace Adzo Medie did the damn thing with "His Only Wife", and I'm so glad I read it! Afi is such an amazing character and I wil...

  • BookOfCinz

    Marriage shouldn’t be a never-ending competition where you spend your life fighting to be seen and chosen Peace Adzo Medie’s debut novel His Only Wife is a book you will read and continue to t...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    A modern tale of one woman discovering her own sense of purpose in Ghana amidst family drama, expectations, and marriage. I'm not one who automatically goes for domestic stories, so extremely pleased ...

  • Rincey

    This book gripped me from page one. Watch my review: https://youtu.be/XUpzX4tXTOA...

  • Faith

    This book is basically a Lifetime movie set in Ghana. Not my style at all. Aki and Eli are virtual strangers with an arranged marriage because Eli’s mother and siblings want to pry him away from his...

  • Lisa

    [3+] His Only Wife is a breezy beach read about a poor Ghanian woman who marries a wealthy, handsome man. A Cinderella story with a complication - her husband is entangled with another woman. I was ho...