If you have read Lion and the jewel by Wole Soyinka – the Nobel laureate from Nigeria, you would be familiar with SADIKU. This little poem is to her tribute. I hope Prof. Soyinka wouldn’t mind my reducing this great character to a verse.
I am the head of the lion’s wife,
I am a collector of purity,
I collect brides with my wooing tongue.
I who did it for the great Okiki,
I killed him with my strength
I thought I had done it for him too
but he had used me as bait.
The great lion gave me
a false knowledge
with this I feed Sidi’s pride
that which led her
to the cave.
The great lion’s cave.