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

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8 Strong Women

There were just a few women who were a bit successful in Ogidi. There was a woman named Mary who sold beer. People who made any money would go there and drink. From that money Mary bought her own house. Some of the men talked her into letting them live there. She married one man and had two children. When he began to mistreat her, she married another man. All the people called her a harlot. She became well-off later, and those same people went to her to try and borrow money. She just told hem to go to hell.

Two or three women owned their own farms. My mother's sister was one. She grew plenty of yams, but most of her money came from palm oil. She hired twelve women to work for her during the palm oil season--from around June through August. She even hired men to work for her.

There was a bitter fight in Ogidi over the starting of a new market. 1 My mother's sister, who was senior to all the daughters of my mother's father, was opposed to the new market because it would take business away from the old one. The old market was right in front of her father's house.* Some of the traders wanted to start a new market a few miles away. The new market would destroy the old market. When

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In traditional times, markets were located across from the king's palace ( Ogundipẹ 1978).

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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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