Dance mask|

Oyeladun - Life before capture

After several hard years things were getting better for my people, the Yoruba|. The cocoa and yams| were flourishing and there was plenty for us all to do in the fields around our village.

Shortly before I was taken I was betrothed| to a man from my village, Babatunde. He makes sculptures and masks and other beautiful things from wood|. I was very happy to be his wife. We held a great celebration, a tambor|. We rejoiced with drums and dancing, and I played my stickadao|. It was a wonderful, hopeful day and I look back to that time and those people with great joy and longing.