"She walked up to her husband and accepted the horn from him. She then went down on one knee, drank a little and handed back the horn. She rose, called him by his name and went back to her hut. The other wives drank in the same way, in their proper order, and went away"
The Igbo people practice polygyny
, a specific branch of polygamy
in which a man of worth takes on multiple wives. Within the family, there is a hierarchy amongst the wives. The first wife remains the most prominent female within the familial unit, receiving preferential treatment depending on the circumstance. For example, the lesser wives must wait for the arrival of the first wife when called by their husband to accept a drink.