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Statue of Moremi Ajasoro in Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

Moremi Ajasoro (Yoruba: Mọremí Àjàṣorò) í chene kí ôlu ka ñw efí ënyo abekí kí che tené alu kí chí queíní Yoruba kpaí folk heroine efu í ògbégbale Yorubaland ojí ólu eñíní eí ùgbo southwestern Nigeria kí ta tí lugbo efu í uletene eí ojí amí yají eí Ife kwí í abo kí méru kí chí ojiane Ugbo Kingdom.[1]

Moremi fí yawo chí kpí Oranmiyan, oma ye í Oduduwa, kí chí onu ejuodudu efu Ife.[2][3][4]


Ayaba kù ma dó (Queen Consort) Moremi deju egba 12th century,[5][3] ugbo kí gwò chí Offa,[6] é né kí chi oko ñwu chi Oramiyan, Oma onu Ife kí ya na jò Onu ché ñwu kí Onu Ife lé kwu. Attah ókò ñwu chí Attah kí nyí abo ichi yoruba, Oduduwa.[7][8] Abo Ile-Ife chi abo kingdomu kù mà ka kí ní ma na ji uja ogwu kpaí abo kù mà do Forest people, Ugbò ójàné abo kù mà kí ichi Yoruba.

Abo kù mà do Forest people ché kí abo Ife chi adu nyoyo, abo Ife egba lé neke jadu ola egba lé todù ché ñwu ku ma wa kù ka bí ma abo forest people a wa dabi egwu, abo forest lé chi efí emí ekpé ma wó la ma wa kuja kpaí abo Ife.

Oya Onu Moremi chi onobule kí ché gbí’gbelé, onobule kí ché ní ibé manyí ené kí ma cho’kpoñ i ché. Atadu kí moremi kí neke ché ñwu abo Ife kù mà dí ujadu kwí owo abo Ugbo, Moremi na gbóko kpaí ojo efu omi Esimirin tó du ki neke mí ukpayu ma.[9][10] Alù kí abo Ugbo dabi wí efewo Ife, Moremi mí Ola ñwu dute kù mà dù cha du. Abo Ugbo mu du na chí adu ama todù kí ché gbí’gbele Onu Ugbo mu du né oya, Moremi fí é ñwu Umaja kí abo uja oko ñwu étito ma, I la ra na ka ñwu abo Yoruba énwu kí abo Ugbo àdu ní ujadu eko dù ma wí ójàné abo Ife. Uja ogwu omune ma dabi ja gé abo Ife fí ujadu né atodu information kí Moremi wa du ñwu ma.[11]

Alù kù mà fí ujadu né moremi mu da bí tí ugbo ókò ñwu ejodudu Oramiyan eyí Ife, Moremi letí ají Esimirin kí na romé ugbalu ñwu. Ají Esimirin ka kí ní kí mí oma onekele kétété kí né dú chí scarifies ñwu, ódù Oma ñwu kí dù chí Sacrifice chi Oluorogbo.


The Edi Festival was started shortly after Moremi's death to celebrate the sacrifice she made for the Yoruba people. More recently, Queen Moremi: The Musical - a theatrical story of love, faith, honour and the ultimate sacrifice - has also been produced.

Various public places are named after her in the contemporary Yorubaland region of Nigeria, such as Moremi High School and the female residence halls at the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University.

In 2017, Oba Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Osun State, erected a statue of Moremi in his palace. The statue is the tallest in Nigeria, displacing the previous holder of that record (a statue in Owerri, the Imo State capital). It is also the fourth tallest in Africa.[12]

In literature and media

Moremi's story has inspired many literary adaptations and dramas. A unique adaptation is a comic book titled "Moremi: An African Legend" under the 'An African Legend' comic series. It was published in 2021 using the popular bande dessinee style to appeal to younger audiences.

An episode of Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire titled "Moremi" is loosely based on the story with it acting as a loose uplifting conclusion to the original tale. Moremi is depicted as a scientist who was forced to use her son Olu, most likely a shortened version of Oluorogbo, to act as a power source to fend off dangerous creatures that inhabited the land. This resulted in the creation of Luo, a mute spirit-like being, existing. Moremi rescues Luo and tries to reunite him with his original body. In doing so, the creatures are defeated and Moremi is finally reunited with her son.

See also


  1. "Did you know about the courageous Queen Moremi whose statue is the tallest in Nigeria?". www.pulse.ng (in en-US). 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2019-05-08. 
  2. Suzanne Preston Blier. "Art in Ancient Ife, Birthplace of the Yoruba". Harvard University. p. 83. Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dele Layiwola (1991). "The Radical Alternative and the Dilemma of the Intellectual Dramatist in Nigeria". Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. pp. 67–68. Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  4. Segun Thomas Ajayi (2007). Moremi, the Courageous Queen. Indiana University (Publications Limited). ISBN 978-9-788-1250-75. 
  5. "Queen Moremi Folk Opera". Mount Holyoke College. Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  6. Oliver Alozie Onwubiko (1988). Wisdom Lectures on African Thought and Culture. Totan Publishers Limited (University of California). p. 64. ISBN 978-9-782-4495-35. 
  7. Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole (1997). Womanism and African Consciousness. Women's studies: Literary criticism/Africa (Africa World Press). p. 59. ISBN 9780865435414. 
  8. food-travel/myths-and-legends-did-you-know-about-the-courageous-queen-moremi-whose-statue-is-the/hr4llg4 "Did you know about the courageous Queen Moremi whose statue is the tallest in Nigeria?". www.pulse.ng (in en-US). 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2019-05-08. 
  9. "Remembering Moremi Ajasoro". Tribune Online (in en-GB). 2021-09-26. Retrieved 2022-05-12. 
  10. Nwakunor Gregory (2019-05-05). "Hope, betrayal and woman in 'Moremi The Musical'". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News (in en-US). Retrieved 2022-05-15. 
  11. anu oluwapo (2003). Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere (McGill Studies in the History of Religions). SUNY Press. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-791-4588-53. 
  12. Bodunrin Sola (2018-05-31). "Moremi Ajasoro: The woman who used her beauty to save her people where men failed". Legit.ng - Nigeria news. (in English). Retrieved 2020-05-27. 

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