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Ooni of Ife Unveils the ‘Moremi Statue of Liberty,’ the 3rd tallest in Africa

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Moremi Statue of LibertyThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Tuesday  unveiled a uniquely designed Moremi Statue of Liberty, with a charge on governments to meaningfully engage the youths.

A statement signed by Moses Olafare, the Director of Media and Public Affairs in the palace in Ile-Ife, Osun, said that the Ooni dedicated the statue to the economic liberation of the African youth.

Olafare said that historic unveiling event was witnessed by over 5,000 youths, adding that the Ooni extolled the virtues of “Moremi” Ajasoro, a celebrated historical heroine in Yoruba culture.

He said that the Ooni also described youths as the greatest accessories for the development of any nation, who must be given utmost attention by the various African governments.

According to him, the monarch decried the redundancy of youths, blaming it on patronage of foreign goods and services.

“These Nigerian and African youths are naturally endowed, and with the level of their education or training,  they are the materials needed to develop this country and the continent of Africa.

It surprises me that our governments across Africa still encourage capital flight by always giving the jobs to foreigners at the expense of our youths, several of whom are more qualified and competent to do the jobs.

I am proud to say that this project is the first of its kind; 100 per cent indigenous; involving about 200 youths and all the materials used were sourced locally  from the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.

I want to stress that Nigeria has manpower that can create, construct, and build standard and original goods.

I, therefore, appeal to African governments to empower youths and give them the chance to display their capacities,” Ooni Ogunwusi was quoted as saying.

The African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, Senegal is the tallest statue in Africa, standing at 161 ft, followed by the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt which stands at 66 ft.

20 Comments

  1. A Real Nigerian

    November 22, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Mtcheeew.

    • Daphne _647

      November 22, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Auntie, why are you so angry? Please tell us what monument you have achieved with your life -apart from irritating comments on BN.
      you know, despite your comments that makes you think you are swimming against the tide of public opinion, you actually seem like the chliched angry black woman.
      P.s: May God forgive the person that made you so angry.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 22, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      I pretty sure it’s not a coincidence your name kinda rhymes with “daft”.

    • EE

      November 23, 2016 at 1:41 am

      She deliberately exaggerates for comic effect, which makes it even more funny when people take her seriously.

  2. X-Factor

    November 22, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Weldone!

    But why must this be Moremi’s STATUE OF LIBERTY? I opine that a concept that resonates with Moremi’s story, heritage, values, or symbolism would have made this a more authentic story to tell the world and generations unborn.

    Similarly, Reference this statement from the press release….”Ooni also described youths as the greatest accessories”….. I guess a better expression would have been ASSETS and not ACCESSORIES ( How do you describe human beings as accessories). I believe the appointment of this Director of Media and Public Affairs should be re-evaluated.

    • CONGLOMERATE

      November 22, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Apparently you know next to nothing about the history of Moremi. Why don’t you do your research on why LIBERTY is very relevant in this context, or indeed what Moremi fought and stood for during her time. You just come online to showcase your ignorance while pretending to be intelligent. Sad something.

    • X-Factor

      November 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      @ conglomerate, Yes i agree that Moremi was an intelligent beautiful warrior and who played a significant role role in the LIBERATION of the Yoruba race, However, he point we are all trying to make is that there is nothing particularly authentic about the Statue of Liberty……Asides many other concepts that could have been explored, what about depicting Moremi’s warrior roots i.e Offa, ( Ija ka di l oro Offa) ……….

      Besides, i guess we can disagree on issues without resorting to the being or sounding insultive

      Bless

    • Oluwaseun

      November 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Moremi was a warrior herself, she led some wars herself and for the freedom of the Yoruba people, she gave Liberty back to the people after winning the Igbo warriors. At that time the Yorubas were in Bondage. Which is why the name Moremi Statue of Liberty came up.

      I will tell you a bit of it; Moremi used Torch to light up the Igbo People who Tormented The Odua race for Years. She found out the Igbo warriors secrets by laying herself down as a captive to the Igbo people’s land and found out they were not Spirits and were Human, They only covered themselves with Dry Grass so they will be feared.

      Moremi escaped back to Ile-Ife and teaches the Yorubas how to defeat the Igbo warriors and it was with a Torch lite with Fire. It was a war to Liberate the Yoruba race from their tormentors.

  3. Seri

    November 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I like it, this is cool but why statue of liberty, they couldn’t find another name and way to pay homage to Yoruba culture.

  4. Chum

    November 22, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    And why is she dressed like that .

  5. xplorenollywood.com

    November 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Movie, movie, movie????

  6. The Real Oma

    November 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    how unoriginal…

  7. damilola

    November 22, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Ooni of Ife is very pan African, he should know better than copying New York statue of liberty. Very disappointing. Great idea, wrong execution

    • Oluwaseun

      November 29, 2016 at 8:23 am

      I do not Agree with you. I will say the Frenchs who gifted Statue of Liberty to America copied Moremi’s Story. The Whites know our story better than us and this is very sad.

      Why do you think The Statue of Liberty was a Lady with a Torch and even a Crown on her Head? I see you don’t know the story of Moremi.

      I will tell you a bit of it; Moremi used Torch to light up the Igbo People who Tormented The Odua race for Years. She found out the Igbo warriors secrets by laying herself down as a captive to the Igbo people’s land and found out they were not Spirits and were Human, They only covered themselves with Dry Grass so they will be feared.

      Moremi escaped back to Ile-Ife and teaches the Yorubas how to defeat the Igbo warriors and it was with a Torch lite with Fire.

      Learn the fact before making conclusions.

  8. Sisi

    November 22, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    You see if he had actually included youths in consultation for the building of this statue (maybe he did?) he may have been able to generate a better idea for its name, or even better some actual solutions/proposals to reducing youth unemployment.

  9. EE

    November 23, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Why does she look like Adesua Etomi though?

    • ATL's finest

      November 23, 2016 at 8:05 am

      ????????U are wicked! I can’t even shamely or outwardly agree with U.

  10. VICMAJEK

    November 23, 2016 at 7:57 am

    i still give kudos to him…

  11. Oluwaseun

    November 29, 2016 at 8:11 am

    We want to be able to remember our Hero and Heroine. This step will ensure Tourism to Ile-Ife and buster the economy of that Town. Tourists will like to see the Third largest Statue in Africa.

    Traditional Ruler’s Job is not to build schools or look for jobs for you and I, that’s the State and Federal Government job. Our Ooni has done the right thing.

    He is our Traditional Head and should build the culture which is what he just did. He is on point. I always wonder why we Africans always have the inception that Statues are for idol worship. This is a woman No Yoruba can ever forget for her Gallantry.

    If Arsenal FC built a statue for Thierry Henry, Manchester United for Sir Alex, Ojukwu’s Statue at Onitsha, South Africans for Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln Statue by Americans and including many others and now we did that for our own Heroine then it turns to Idolatry and all sought.

    Abeg guys stop all this and think twice.

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