Characters[ edit ] Esi Sekyi: Esi is a modern African woman who is highly educated and extremely career-centered. She marries Oko out of gratitude. After she is raped by Oko, she divorces him and enters into a polygamist marriage with Ali, believing that it holds the freedom she desires. She believes Ali will give her the space she craves as well. Esi does not attend church but holds vague Christian ideals.
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Characters[ edit ] Esi Sekyi: Esi is a modern African woman who is highly educated and extremely career-centered. She marries Oko out of gratitude. After she is raped by Oko, she divorces him and enters into a polygamist marriage with Ali, believing that it holds the freedom she desires.
She believes Ali will give her the space she craves as well. Esi does not attend church but holds vague Christian ideals. Ali Kondey: A "son of the world" who has had all the advantages in life, Ali is charming and wealthy from owning a successful business. He had a strict Muslim upbringing, but is not devout himself. Before he married Esi, he already had a wife and several children. Opokuya also craves more freedom in her marriage though she does not divorce her husband.
She is self-described as "fat" and is very opinionated, especially about birth control. Oko believes that Esi spends too much time at work which is the source of his frustrations. She feels neglected by her mother and makes it no secret that she prefers her father.
This results in her feeling of intense disillusionment. She meets Ali Kondey, the charming owner of the travel agency who assures her that his agency will take care of everything.
Esi leaves in her beat-up car and Ali praises Allah for the gift of his woman. Esi then goes to work and tries to pull herself together while searching her native tongue — presumably an African dialect — for a word to describe what has just happened. She concludes that although her native language has no word for it, in English it might be called "marital rape.
Although their marriage is generally happy, Opokuya and her husband, Kubi, frequently argue about who will have the family car for the day. On this particular occasion, Kubi wins and they agree that he will pick Opokuya up at the Hotel Twentieth Century after work.
When Ali finally reappears, he proposes to Esi, offering her a ring to show that she is "occupied territory. However, his request is denied due to his failure to bring a proper relative to the negotiations. Both families eventually agree and Ali and Esi are married in a simple ceremony. After they return, Ali becomes more distant, spending more time with his attractive new secretary. Esi spends Christmas alone, taking sleeping pills to rein in her deep sense of abandonment.
He then immediately leaves. Esi shows off her new car to Opokuya and offers Opokuya her old car. Ali continues to give Esi bribes as substitutes for his presence. After three years, Esi finally breaks down and tells Ali that their relationship has deteriorated.
Later, Kubi shows up, supposedly searching for his wife. He begins to kiss Esi and Esi considers sleeping with him but decides that she could betray Opokuya like that. Esi and Ali never divorce, remaining friends and sometimes lovers. Changes: a Love Story.
Changes: A Love Story
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Ama Ata Aidoo
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