What evidence is there that Sadiku thought she caused Baroka's impotence in the play The Lion and the Jewel?   

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At the beginning of the third scene entitled "Night," Sadiku dances for joy after learning that Baroka is impotent. She says, "So we did for you too did we? We did for you in the end. Oh high and mighty lion, have we really scotched you? A---ya-ya-ya...we women undid you in the end" (Soyinka 32). The fact that Sadiku is using the pronoun "we" suggests that she believes that she is partly responsible for Baroka's impotence. Sadiku then proceeds to comment about how she "scotched" Okiki, Baroka's father, when she was younger and ridicules Okiki for his impotence too. Sadiku continues to dance and repeats the phrase, "Take warning my masters, we'll scotch you in the end" (Soyinka 34). The fact that Sadiku is so ecstatic about Baroka's impotence and continues to say "we" is evidence that she caused Baroka to lose his sex drive. However, Sadiku does not accept sole responsibility for his impotence like she did with Okiki. She acknowledges that it was a collective effort involving the other wives by using the pronoun "we." Sadiku continues to rejoice and tells Sidi about Baroka's embarrassing condition. 

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