By Chris Onuoha
A sensational epic story of Queen Moremi Ajasoro, Princess of Offa, married to Oranmiyan of Ile Ife has been adapted to a historical Broadway called Moremi the Musical. The maiden edition of the musical will be performed at the grand finale of the 2017 Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) cultural Pageant scheduled for December 3 at Oriental Hotel, Lagos.
As this year’s edition of Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) cultural beauty pageant gets more exciting, organisers of the pageant, rated as Nigeria’s first upscale competition for cultured ladies, have announced plans to stage Moremi the musical to compliment the pageant.
Ambassador of Móremí Àjàsorò’s legacy, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, the brain behind the project, in a statement said that the musical, directed by Gbenga Yusuf who is also the producer of Flower the musical and Dance Director of Wakaa and Saro the musicals, will also feature Choreographer Victor Phullu – a dance instructor, who has successfully managed eight seasons of Maltina Dance Hall competition. According to her, Moremi the musical will use music to tell the story of Queen Moremi, a Princess from Offa who was married to Oranmiyan, the ruler of Ile Ife, through an act of bravery, selflessness and love for her people, dared death to save her people from perpetual marauding invaders in the 12th century.
Also, expressing his profound admiration for the highly respected queen of Yoruba land, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife stated: “Moremi Ajasoro exhibited an unrivalled heroism in fighting for liberty and 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”.
The Ooni further expressed the need to entrench an enduring legacy for Queen Moremi’s sacrifice, stating that, “Moremi remains an indelible new dawn of great awakening for the development of the Yoruba culture. This mission is very close to my heart and touches my global re-enactment of the Yorùbá culture.”
Meanwhile, several activities are lined up to make the Moremi Ajasoro legacy a cultural splendor of a sort. These include the inaugural Queen Móremí Àjàsorò Empowerment and Mentorship programme with the theme, “Creating Successful Entrepreneurs in the Business of Empowerment” and it will feature successful Nigerian female entrepreneurs, who will share their experiences as role models for young women to emulate.
Discussions at the conference will center on the development and empowerment of the youth; how young women can create sustainable businesses, become job creators and support the development of other women entrepreneurs. It will be hosted by Ego Boyo’s International Women’s Society (IWS), in collaborating with the House of Oduduwa Foundation.
Other activities are the annual QMA beauty, pageant, an initiative of the Royal Palace of the Ooni of Ife, in his efforts to further immortalise one of the greatest heroines of Yoruba land, Queen Moremi Ajasoro. Expected at the audition are over 600 ladies of Yoruba extraction from ages 18 to 25 required to exhibit the virtues of Queen Móremí by demonstrating their natural beauty, intellectual and entrepreneurial acumen. The organisers also announced popular Yoruba actor, Odunlade Adekola, as one of the judges for the competition’s audition which will take place from Monday, October 30 to Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Kings Palace, Enuwa, Ile Ife, Osun State.
Princess Ronke Ademiluyi further disclosed that the initiative also uses beauty to promote business ideas for economic growth and youth development among young ladies. Winner of this year’s edition will receive a cash prize of five million Naira to set up her own business, a brand new car, and a wardrobe of designers’ outfits from leading fashion brands. She will also become a cultural ambassador to the Ooni of Ife.