The Surrogate


Matché is shaving her little brother Ibrahim’s head. A new mother herself (hence her black dress, as is custom among the Wodaabe), she cares for her siblings while her mother is away earning money in Nigeria. Responsible for all household chores, including her sibling’s hairdo (very important in her tradition), she works nonstop all day long. At night, she prepares a breastfeeding concoction made from leaves she has gathered to have enough milk for her baby.