Free and not free. Slaves were not allowed to wear shoes. Three free craftsmen (left – with shoes) and a slave with his helper (right – without shoes).
When a slave fantasised about a life as a free man, he was often told:
‘Negre wani fri foe weri soesoe, a no sab’tak’na lekdoroe a e go kist.’
It means: slaves long for the freedom to wear shoes, but they don’t know shoes will give them corns. A corn forms at the bottom of your foot and causes a nasty, stinging pain. Slaves warned each other that freedom could also cause problems and disappointment.