Who is the "jewel" referring to in the play The Lion and the Jewel?  

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The jewel refers to Sidi, a young girl who is trying to decide which man she wants to marry.

Sidi is called the "jewel" because she is beautiful and coveted. Baroka and Lakunle both want to marry her; she is able to choose between them. She was in a magazine, and Baroka flatters her by telling her how beautiful she looks. Even though she isn't inclined to marry him when she finds out that the much older man wants to marry her, she ultimately does when he tricks her. She believes he is impotent, so she sneaks into a feast he's having. By the time she leaves, she's planning a wedding.

The jewel of Ilujinle ultimately marries the old-fashioned man instead of the modern one. Baroka promises to put her face on the village stamps; she tells Lakunle that Baroka has more life in him, despite his advanced years. She also finds out that Baroka isn't as stuck in his ways as she originally thought. For example, he lets his servants create a union.

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The "jewel" in the play The Lion and the Jewel references the character of Sidi. Sidi is a beautiful young woman who has become famous after a foreign photographer published her images in a magazine. She is considered the "jewel" throughout the play because of her beauty and prestige, while Baroka is referred to as the "lion." After finding out that her images are throughout a magazine, Sidi becomes extremely conceited and vain. When Sidi is ridiculing the Bale after rejecting his initial marriage proposal, she says,

"Baroka merely seeks to raise his manhood above my beauty. He seeks new fame as the one man who has possessed the jewel of Ilujinle!" (Soyinka 21).

Sidi referring to herself as the "jewel of Ilujinle" portrays the extent of her arrogance and vanity. Later on in the novel, Baroka successfully woos Sidi and takes her virginity after promising to put her image on every stamp leaving Ilujinle. Sidi then decides to marry Baroka over Lakunle. 

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