Mọ́remí Àjàsorò: A Brave Queen and Courageous Woman

A brave and courageous person will always be ready to face any challenges that come his or her way at a time. Being courageous is the ability to face challenges without fear. The likes of the heroes and heroines of our own land.

Looking at the history of Mọ́remí Àjàsorò of the 12th century who hailed from Offa. She was married to Oranmiyan the son of Oduduwa in her life some years back. A problem arose in Ile-Ife, where the people of the forest (Ara-Igbo) were causing problems in their land and taking them as slaves.

Mọ́remí Àjàsorò: A Brave Queen and Courageous Woman

Moremi was among the slave of that time, due to her beauty and the help of a river who is ready to assistant them the King said he wants to marry her. She familiarized herself with the secrets of her new husband’s army. She escaped to Ile-Ife and revealed the secret to the Yorubas. Mọ́remí Àjàsorò led the battle and they conquered in the end, then she returned to her former husband. She went to the Osinmirin river to show gratitude and she pledged a great sacrifice to the river.

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The river demanded her only son Oluorogbo and it insisted on not accepting another thing in place. She sacrificed her beloved son for the love of his people, This makes her one of the brave women that can never be forgotten in the land of the Yorubas due to her braveness.

Mọ́remí Àjàsorò: A Brave Queen and Courageous Woman

She is a good example to imitate as a role model for being a heroine among the women of her time. For that, the Edi festival was started to celebrate the sacrifice Moremi made for the Yoruba people. Various public places are named after her in the contemporary Yoruba land 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 statute of Mọ́remí Àjàsorò in his palace. The statue which is said to be the tallest in Nigeria is also the fourth tallest in Africa. What a heroine to imitate!

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