Lakunle insults Sidi more than once: for someone who claims to be in love with her and want to marry her, he seems to insult her all the time as he seeks to assert dominance over her. He tells her early on the play that she shows too much cleavage and should dress more modestly. He insults her by wanting to carry her water bucket, implying she is weak and helpless. His biggest, overriding insult, however, is his rejection of paying the bride price for her. He has decided, in principle, that it is a backward and outdated custom. He simply won't listen to what Sidi wants and needs, which is the security of knowing the price has been paid. Telling her she is backwards and primitive when she wants the bride price shows he has little real respect for her.