The Woman with the Artistic Brush: A Life History of Yoruba Batik Artist Nikoe Davies

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7 I Will Not Mention My Enemy's Name

Any money made from the sale of artwork on display at our husband's gallery that was produced by me, the other wives, and our husband's apprentices belonged to our husband. We never made any profit unless he was away from the house when visitors came to make purchases. However, I was making money that our husband did not know about. I used to send my brother, Joseph, to Kaduna to sell my works. He would leave them at the embassies for prospective buyers. I also used to send my brother to Kano and Lagos to sell for me. My friend Victoria Scott used to sell my work and keep the money for me in Lagos. 1 Our husband never knew that I was putting money aside. He was just so happy that I seldom left the house. Occasionally, our husband would find out about the extra money and he would take it away. He then would be convinced that I would not be able to work. He was always surprised that I still managed to produce work.

Victoria Scott befriended me shortly after I came to Oṣogbo. She was teaching art history at the Yaba Institute of Technology in Lagos. I met Victoria at my husband's exhibition at a foreign diplomatic mission in Lagos. She saw me and we started talking. Before then, she had begun to read about my husband and the other Oṣogbo artists. She wanted to become familiar with Nigerian art outside of Yaba and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Note on Orthography xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction xv
  • 1 - Come and Buy Leaves!"" 3
  • 2 - No Man Will Pay Bride-Price for Me 16
  • 3 - I Went to Learn About Life 27
  • 5 - Iya (mama) Labayọ 49
  • 6 - Co-Wife: My Friend and My Enemy 55
  • 7 - I Will Not Mention My Enemy's Name 65
  • 8 - Strong Women 76
  • 9 - The Woman with the Artistic Brush 81
  • Appendix Muniratu Temilade Bello 89
  • Notes 105
  • Glossary 123
  • Index 131
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