In Wole Soyinka's play, Sadiku plays several crucial roles. As the Bale's senior wife, she has considerable authority within their household and, because he is a powerful man, in the community at large. Although she might not have veto power over his choice of an additional wife, her opinion is important because of her function as household manager. The Bale knows that if Sadiku does not approve of the new wife, there will be discord at home.
Because Sidi would be a desirable addition to their household (because of her beauty and positive reputation in the village), Sadiku commits to helping the Bale win her. Whatever scruples she might have had, she sets them aside and embarks on a campaign that she expects will be convincing. Sadiku does not bother selling Sidi on the positive features of the Bale's reputation, assuming that Sidi already heard all that. Instead, she appeals to her desires to help the Lion by making him seem vulnerable and nonthreatening—that is, impotent.