The contributor's husband acquired this much loved carving in Nigeria in the 1960s, there is a matching male figure also.
Her husband lived in Nigeria from childhood and his experience contrasts greatly with UK living. For example, when he had appendicitis he had to travel 100 miles for treatment and at Christmas Santa would arrive by aeroplane.
This item depicts a Fulani tribeswoman. This tribe was influenced by a long association with Portugese settlers and slavetraders and are different from other tribes of the region.