Changes:A Love Story
Changes:A Love Story
Changes:A Love Story is an African novel authored by Ama Ata Aidoo, aneducated African woman who was considered as a feminist, purports toview the post-colonial periods as those that comprised of conflictingsets with those of traditional setup and the hanging colonial orWestern lifestyles (Max, 2013). In this precept, this paper seeks toreview the underlying gaps that would take different dimensions asthose of education, indigenous cultural influences that we find inurban settings. Furthermore, the conflicts which may be encounteredas a result of the traditional and urban ideas in the post-colonialera are investigated so that the audience and other users may be ableto make a discernment of the then prevailing circumstances. Besides,the characters` roles are looked into in relation and accordance tothe various assignments they carried out. The users of this work, whomay be linguistic and history students, are bound to gain from therevealed insights hence arming them to be good writers and historiansrespectively. Also, the learners are supposed to have a good grasp ofthe balancing required in a society that composes of diverse culturalbackgrounds informed by the shifts occasioned by the ever risingurbanization activities (Max, 2013). Indeed, it remains imperativethat the subjects of various cultural changes also maintain somelevels of consideration that work to aid in the preservation of agiven people`s identity.
Thebook has different characters that were crucial in the author’sendeavor to bring forth her point. Among the main characters is EsiSekyi, a highly educated Africa woman who decides to have the rest ofher life in a career line. Esi married Oko Sekyi with whom they begeta daughter called Ogyaanowa Sekyi. Given her determination as acareer-centered woman, she abandons her family in the wake of rapeclaims and settles for a polygamist Ali Kondey hoping that the newunion was bound to provide her with the freedom she so desired(Aidoo, 1993). Given the fact that Ali was a non-Christian, Esi donot consider converting to his new husband’s faith since she neverconsidered Christianity strongly. Ali Kondey was a wealthy man whohas had to enjoy immense opulence. A rich owner of variousbusinesses, Ali is also a non-devoted Muslim, since even beforemarrying Esi, he already had a wife with many children. In the novel,there exists Opokuya Dakwa, Esi’s best friend who also craves forfreedom in her marriage but restrains from divorcing her husband,unlike Esi. Opokuya Dakwa, the highly self- opinionated woman whoreferred to herself as the fat one, is married to Kubi Dakwa, a manwhose trust was highly doubted after he made an attempt to commitadultery with Esi (Aidoo, 1993). They together had several children.There is also Ogyaanowa Sekyi, Oko and Esi’s daughter, who feels asthough she is neglected given the family strains that the parentsinvolve themselves. In her judgment, she is the feeling that hermother is wayward and makes no secret about her endearment towardsthe father. Another main character is Fusena Kondey, Ali`s first wifewho preferred to settle for her family to the emerging and importanteducation and career life.
Thebook is authored by a Ghanaian feminist who pursues to inform thestory of the post-colonial around the 1960s, and the socio-culturalchanges in the country and Africa at large (Aidoo, 1993). The storyopens by illuminating Esi’s suitable travel arrangements. Being areputable top employee at the department of urban statistics, shemust have been out for official duties and approached the offices ofLinga HideAway Travel for the travel logistics. While there, Esimeets the head of the company, Aki Kondey, a charming, handsome manwho was seen to a working hard for the company given her consideredmultiple nationalities. In this milieu, Esi and Ali happen to getattracted to each other, and Ali offers to drive Esi home afterassuring Esi that he would be able to take good care of all hertravel concerns. However, Esi turns down the offer since she had hercar. It is notable that Esi, being an executive, lived a morecomfortable life which allowed her to enjoy herself as elite. Herhigh-level education bequeathed her comfort, and she was bound totravel far and wide in the course of her duties as opposed to theother working-class women like Opukuya. In this regard, it would notbe an overstatement to say that her hygiene and comfort weighed pastthe rest of the women she had with whom she had contacts.
Esi’sstandpoint on various issues set upstaged her for some socialdiscrepancies as were observed by many, including her husband, Oko(Aidoo, 1993). One morning, a fight broke out in their bedroom, whichwas overheard by their daughter Ogyaanowa. Oko was purportedlyincensed by Esi’s refusal to get another child and that she wasmuch diverted towards her work at the expense of the family. Inessence, Oko was feeling that his friends would ridicule him for hissocial backwardness a point which portrays the opposing familyvalues of the elite with those of the working class. The elites arenot immersed in the number of children they can sire as much as theworking class does, but rather the quality of life they can live. Inthis case, and given the different backgrounds, difficult relationsbetween the wife and the husband is bound to manifest quite often.Following the fight and the rage, Esi quits the marriage after Okoforces her to have sex with him, a feeling she considered maritalrape. In the meantime, Opukuya, Esi’s best friend begins talks withthe husband, Kubi, on who between them needs a car, which was quiteoften used by Kubi even though he had fewer errands as opposed toOpukuya (Aidoo, 1993). The presented precept is that of working classcouple competing for material possessions as they find theiremployability in the execution of their duties both sociallyrewarding as a show of might and as necessities. Interestingly,Fusena, Ali’s first wife, was also a housewife who discontinued hereducation and career at the husband’s insistence. Coincidentally,Esi begins to meet Ali, a highly educated person just as Esi, andthey realize the compatibility they experience during theirconversations. Consequently, Ali proposes to marry Esi after sharingtheir experiences in their respective failed and failing marriages.Esi, on the other hand, wallows in the ecstasy of remarrying Ali andgoes further to share with Okupuya her views concerning polygamy.
Thesolemnized marriage had a fair of challenges, which included a fightbetween Oko and Ali and later to an unfaithful Ali (Howells,2014).Furthermore, the marriage becomes so disinteresting that even thedaughter alienated her. Later, Ali appears with a new car which hesuggests to Esi as a gift. Overjoyed by the gift which may have meantto bribe her loyalty, she shares the turn of events with Okupuya whomshe, in turn, gives her old car. Notably, Ali`s continued absencepersists, and Esi conforms to the effects of loneliness. At thispoint, Kubi arrives just after Opukuya had left with the old car shehad come to collect from Esi. Kubi hugs and embraces Esi, but sherestrains Kubi who leaves as well. Eventually, Esi and Ali remainfriends and occasional lovers despite the fact that Ali continuedwith his womanizing habits (Howells,2014).
Inan attempt to merge the importance of modernism and freedom in thesocietal setup, the author does a splendid job to exhibit theunderlying responsibilities and consequences that accompany thedesire to both retain the African identity and to be absorbed in theWestern ways of life. Despite her celebrated work, Aidoo fails toclearly point out the traditional successes of the women who weredetermined to wrestle a bit of influence from men. Instead, they arevictimized by the decisions they took in their various attempts tosucceed in other major fronts. It is refreshing to imagine, and forwomen to further take steps to challenge tendencies by males tosubject women to second-class humans in the post-colonial period.
Inconclusion, the need and importance of integrating working andprogressive cultural practices which encompass the input of bothsexes in equal measure remains vital. Besides, the players indifferent cultural practices should be alive to the value attached tothe idea of maintaining some levels of considerable preservation ofthe indigenous identities which the author of hardly illuminates.
Aidoo,A. A. (1993). Changes:A love story.Feminist Press at CUNY.
Howells,C. A. (2014). Love,mystery and misery: Feeling in gothic fiction.A&C Black.
Max,D. T. (2013). Every love story is a ghost story: a life of DavidFoster Wallace. Penguin.