The late John De Mathew was a well known musician. He perished after a grisly road accident on Thika Super Highway. He left behind two wives and children.
During his burial ceremony, Serafine, the first wife, wowed many when she spoke so boldly and fondly about the second wife, Caroline. She treated many to a rare spectacle of love in a situation where many expect resentment.
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She vowed that in the absence of their husband, as the first wife to the late John De Mathew, she was going to protect the second wife together with their children.
Now the idea of a second wife is not something that settles well with every woman. Serafin never saw herself living peacefully with her husband’s second wife but she knew that her mother-in-law always wanted her sons to have two or more wives.
“In Kikuyu culture if you get married in a family where the in-laws were polygamous, there is a high possibility your marriage will turn out into a polygamous one,” she said in an interview with Switch TV.
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When John De Mathew started hinting that he would have a second wife. Serafine wondered what she had not done right.
Seven years into the marriage she accepted the idea.
Caroline, the second wife, on the other hand knew that she would probably end up as a second wife because she grew up seeing her grandfather happily married to two wives. Caroline went all in as a second wife after several disappointments from men .
“As a second wife you need to be God fearing. We met in 2013 during my birthday and he gave me a date adding that he wanted a second wife,” she said.
The two women demonstrated a rare show of love during John De Mathew’s burial. Women like Serafine are hard to come by.