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Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel dramatizes the conflict between tradition and modernization in a small Nigerian village as two men compete for the love of a beautiful woman.

  • Sidi, the titular “jewel,” is courted by two different men: Lakunle, a young schoolteacher who embraces western ideals, and elderly Baroka, the old-fashioned village chief.
  • Sidi at first rejects both men: Lakunle for refusing to pay her bride-price, and Baroka because of his advanced age.
  • Baroka ultimately wins Sidi’s hand in marriage. Sidi rejects Lakunle’s empty westernized rhetoric in favor of Baroka’s liveliness, wit, and experience as a lover.

Lesson

Analysis of The Lion and the Jewel

Length: 13 minutesAuthor: RextorialComplexity: Standard

The Lion and the Jewel: Summary
Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel dramatizes the conflict between tradition and modernization in a small Nigerian village as two men compete for the love of a beautiful woman.

Sidi, the titular “jewel,” is courted by two different men: Lakunle, a young schoolteacher who embraces western ideals, and elderly Baroka, the old-fashioned village chief.

Sidi at first rejects both men: Lakunle for refusing to pay her bride-price, and Baroka because of his advanced age.

Baroka ultimately wins Sidi’s hand in marriage. Sidi rejects Lakunle’s empty westernized rhetoric in favor of Baroka’s liveliness, wit, and experience as a lover.