Baroka, the Bale
Baroka is the leader of the village. He holds to his Yoruba traditional beliefs, but his power is coming under threat from the Western influence. The issue that troubles him throughout the beginning of the play, we learn, is his apparent impotence, a secret he reveals to his head wife. We later learn, however, that this feigned impotence was only a clever ruse in order to lure Sidi into coming to his palace. On the other hand, however, it is possible that he really was having a sexual crisis but this was resolved by Sidis visit; however the former option seems likelier. Baroka represents the other extreme of the pendulum traditional values.
Sidi is a young girl in the village who has just had her ego boosted by a visit from a big-city photographer, who took her pictures and published them in a magazine. From them on, she is extremely conceited, thinking herself even higher than the Bale.