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									  BEYOND DIVERSITY: WOMEN, SCARIFICATION, AND
               YORUBA IDENTITY

                                  OLATUNJI OJO
                                BROCK UNIVERSITY

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On 18 March 1898 Okolu, an Ijesa man, accused Otunba of Italemo ward,
Ondo of seizing and enslaving his sister Osun and his niece. Both mother
and daughter, enslaved by the Ikale in 1894, had fled from their master in
1895, but as they headed toward Ilesa, the accused seized them. Osun
claimed the accused forced her to become his wife, “hoe a farm,” and
marked her daughter’s face with one deep, bold line on each cheek. Otunba
denied the slavery charge, claiming he only “rescued [Osun] from Soba
who was taking her away [and] took her for wife.” Itoyimaki, a defense
witness, supported the claim that Osu
								
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