Was there conflict between Sidi and Sadiku throughout the play?

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There are several scenes throughout the play that depict conflict between Sidi and Sadiku. When Sadiku first goes to the village to ask if Sidi will marry Baroka, Sidi tells Sadiku to hold her breath because she is not interested. Sidi goes on to explain that she thinks Baroka only wants to marry her because she is famous. Sadiku is both shocked and offended at Sidi's arrogance. Sadiku believes that Lakunle has filled Sidi's head with crazy thoughts and Sadiku threatens to beat Lakunle. Sidi stands up for Lakunle, then begins to boast about her beauty. Sidi then tells Sadiku that the Bale's skin is too old for her and begins to criticize Baroka's aging physique. Sadiku comments that Sidi must be possessed by angry gods, but Sidi continues to reject Baroka's proposal and invitation to his feast. Later on in the novel, after Sidi loses her virginity to Baroka, Sidi runs onto the stage and throws herself to the ground. Sidi looks up at Sadiku and calls her a fool because Sadiku was tricked by Baroka. When Sidi admits that she is not a maid, Sadiku shows no sympathy for her and tells her to cheer up. The audience can tell that Sadiku does not care for Sidi and views her as arrogant, and Sidi feels that Sadiku is stupid for believing Baroka's lie. There is obvious tension between Sidi and Sadiku throughout the play, and the only reason Sadiku seems happy for Sidi is because Sadiku is no longer the Bale's head wife.

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The Lion and the Jewel

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