Finally, the tallest statue in Nigeria and the 3rd in Africa (42ft) has been unveiled in honour of Queen Moremi Ajasoro as part of the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II’s drive to turn Ile-ife as the hub of global tourism destination.*
The Queen Moremi Ajasoro Statue of Liberty is the first of its kinds in this great fist of cultural exhibition and transformation of Ife into a major tourist zone.
Moremi Ajasoro was a brave queen who, in order to solve the problems facing her people, offered everything she had to give in sacrifice to the spirit of Esimirin river so as to discover the strength of the enemies of Oodua race. She is a heroine who liberated the people of Oodua land from slavery invasion of faceless terrorists.
While extolling virtues of the great African heroine, the Ooni Ogunwusi praised God for making one of his greatest dreams come to reality within his one-year on the throne of his forefathers. .
He described the heroine (Moremi) as the real mother of liberty in the world whose legacy must not be left in the oblivion.
“God Almighty has given me the grace of achieving one of my greatest ambitions within my first year on this sacred throne of Oduduwa.
“Moremi Ajasoro, an Ife queen who in her lifetime exhibited an unrivalled heroism of world’s liberty dedicated her life to the liberation of mankind by sacrificing her only child to free the people of Oodua land from the invasion of some faceless terrorists thousands of years ago.
“We are already constructing the tallest statue in Nigeria to be known as MOREMI LIBERTY STATUE. This 42ft-statue which will be the third tallest in Africa is being erected right where Moremi lived before she became a deity thousands of years ago, as a goddess of liberty.
“It is going to be one of the greatest achievements in Nigerian tourism and will be unveiled in two weeks time during this year’s EDI/ MOREMI festival which is just a tip of the iceberg, as many more tourist advancement are coming in the subsequent years.”
According to the sovereign ruler of Yoruba land, the statue was constructed right on the spot Moremi lived several centuries of years ago. It was 100% constructed locally by Nigerian engineers and youths sourced with solely Nigerian materials.
*Partly culled from Ile Ife Online
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