Friday, October 8, 2010
WHY FISHERMEN PRACTICE POLIGAMY
The national best fisherman in the year 2000 and the Volta Regional best fisherman in 2001, Mr. Francis Kordzoga Kpodo, who is popularly known as AMEN in the Keta district , is currently the chairman for Ghana canoe fishermen council and the chief fisherman in the Keta district, took his time to explain why fishermen mary more than one women.
In Ghana, many people especially fishermen who live along the coastal line and other water bodies marry more than one women or what is normally known as polygamy and many people keep asking why most fishermen marry more than one women.
Mr Francis Kordzoga Kopdo said the reason why he went into fishing was because he did not get the chance to complete his basic school education due to financial difficulties but that did not scare him rather he develop interest in fishing and took the profession seriously and God rewarded him as the national best fisherman as of that time . He said fishing started in the village about 247 years ago, he started his first net cast when he was about 16 years old and got his first fishing boat when he was 48 years old.
He also said the allegation that fishermen marry more than one women is true ,for a man to have a large family he is suppose to marry many women as he want, to give birth to children but that was the practice in the past, he quickly added that even though the practice still exist it is fading away gradually due to some factors like development of technologies and education. He went ahead to explain the reason why the practice still exist today.
In a fishing community one need to have a larger family to be able to do his work well, for instance the fisherman need boys who can help him cast the net at sea and he also need girls and women who can help clean and wash the fish anytime the fish are caught. Moreover it makes the fisherman popular in the community and it also gains the pride of the fisher for being a man.
He also said the reason why fishermen marry more than one woman is because in the past fishermen travelled along the coast and if they reach a particular town they settle and fish over there for some time and in the process they get marry to new woman they meet over there, and this continues until the fisherman realize that his family is growing big.
Amen said those who see fishing as inferior occupation should rethink again because if it is manage properly it turns out to be full of fortunes. he also advice the youth to focus on agriculture especially fishing.
He said polygamy should be changed since the practice is not good because one can be infected easily through sexual transmitted diseases like H I V AIDS and many others.
Mr. Kwabla Bucas, who is popularly known as Jupiter was the best regional fisherman in the year 2005 and the second best national fisherman in the year2007.
Mr. Kwabla Bucas said fishing started before he was born, he also said he was a trained mechanic but due to some kind of interest he developed for fish that was why he went into fishing. I like to fish because I like eating fish more than meat he said. Jupiter gave a brief history of his life and how he started fishing. When i completed form four. It is then that I decided to put myself into the fishing business. The biggest fish I saw was the white shark which my net caught in 1985 it was about 20 feet long and five feet wide.
He said, the saying which indicate that fishermen practice polygamy is true that even if fishermen practice polygamy they are not the first who started it, and that polygamy is practice in all aspect of human endeavor. He stated it clearly that he is also married to three women and he has about eight children and all are educated and the last born is in junior high school.
He said even though he is a Christian his religion stood against such a practice but he cannot do without the help of the women, he said his is even better than others because they marry like ten and above.He said challenges in polygamous marriage are very vague, some are fighting, quarrelling, numerous sickness and others
Mr. Kwabla Bucas concluded by saiying that polygamous marriage should modified in order to establish the number of women one can marry