Chief Baroka uses his wisdom, power, and cunning tactics to seduce Sidi into marrying him. Throughout his endeavors, he uses his wife Sadiku as the pawn in the game plan. Sidi, the "jewel," gets arrogant when she realizes that her face has been published in a foreign paper. She arrogantly turns down Baroka's proposal, calling him an old Bale. She tells Sadiku, who has been sent to ask for her hand in marriage, that she will not marry Baroka, because she is too young and beautiful for him.
He's old. . . . To think I took
No notice of my velvet skin
Sadiku then asks Sidi to at least come to the chief's house for supper. She also turns down that offer. She fears that if she enters into Baroka's house, she will be seduced like all the other women who have done the same.
Baroka puts in place the final plan to get the "jewel" hooked. He lies to Sadiku, telling her he is impotent, knowing that she will spread the word. True to his expectations, Sadiku goes out spreading the word. When Sadiku tells Sidi about Baroka's predicament, she agrees to come to his house for supper, intending to mock him. She is also convinced that the supposedly impotent man will not make any sexual advances toward her.
With the bait set, Baroka now uses the opportunity to woo her with his wise words and power. He promises Sidi that he will put her face on all national stamps. Sidi, who seems to care more than anything about her face going national, is charmed by this offer. In the end, she says that she was convinced by his wisdom and masculinity. Just like all the other women who enter Baroka's house, Sidi becomes wife to the Bale.