In this post, we will be discussing The Lion And The Jewel Characters-Sidi(the jewel), lakunle, baroka,sadiku, the stranger, the wrestler, the favorite, the surveyor.
Sidi (The Jewel)
Sidi is the jewel in the play. Sidi is the village’s belle, with only a little knowledge of her native language which Baroka “the fox” outwits. Sidi’s primary suitor is a teacher at the school named Lakunle however she is also admired by strangers as well as Baroka.
The appearance of her picture in a magazine gets over her head, making her feel superior to the rest of the villagers. Baroka uses Sidi’s desire for fame and power and utilizes the same to lure her to the bed. Sidi doesn’t like Baroka because he is an old man, which causes her to mock him who is unable to control his destiny.
Sidi is the main character that connects all the other characters in the drama. The reason for her fate is Sadiku’s inability to maintain her secret. Her insistence on Lakunle paying the wedding price is what makes her an advocate of the customs and traditions of her people.
Lakunle is a young, energetic school teacher who manages the Ilujinle school. Ilujinle. He is well-known because of his use of high-pitched English. He is 23 years old. He has a degree but seems to be a bit slack.
Lakunle symbolizes the modernization of progress, Christianity, and civilization; even though his notion of modernization is so elusive and artificial. Lakunle’s style of character is in contrast to Baroka’s.
Baroka is a huge man with a casual education, woven with his native tongue, and skill which is superior to Lakunle’s superficial formal education. Lakunle is popular in the village due to his attire, which is an old-fashioned, small English suit and a small knot. He looks down on his village’s culture and traditions.
For this reason, he doesn’t want to pay Sidi’s bride price. He describes it as an inhumane tradition that has to be thrown out. He hopes to bring the village into modern cities such as Lagos as well as Ibadan where women can walk alongside their husbands and are not delegated to household servants.
Lakunle is trying to show Sidi modern-day romance, but she finds it a bit sexist. “No, I don’t! I tell you I dislike, this strange unhealthy mouthing you perform… Then comes this licking of my lips with yours. It’s so unclean…” Lakunle believes that the price for the bride is not needed since his book states so also because he is unable to afford Sidi’s bride price.
He is a man with values, but relaxes to some extent, allowing Baroka to masterfully swindle Sidi away from his grasp. He agrees to take Sidi back following the incident. Baroka had raped her as an excuse to get around paying her wedding cost. Lakunle disapproves of Baroka’s sexuality and is adamant about everything that happened to Baroka. But, at times, Lakunle wishes to live Baroka’s way of life since Baroka always got what was he wanted. Read more…
Baroka (The Lion)
Baroka, the chief (Bale) in Ilujinle. He is a traditional character in the show, representing the Nigerian tradition. He is a polygamist who gets married after every 5 months. He has several wives, the last wife is Ailatu and Sadiku is the leader of his Harlem.
Baroka makes use of Sadiku to attract new brides. Baroka is aged sixty-two and is nicknamed “the lion” because of his strength. However, Lakunle calls him “the fox” because of his sly tricks. These two traits are the reason Baroka employs to steal Sidi and Lakunle and make her his wife.
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