Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Ogunwusi has unveiled the Moremi Statue of Liberty, in Ile-Ife which is Nigeria’s tallest statue and 3rd tallest in Africa.
The first of its kind in Nigeria, Moremi Statue of Liberty which is located right inside a compound where the heroine of liberty lived thousands of years ago was dedicated to the economic liberation of African youths by the Ooni.
The historic unveiling of the statue was witnessed by over 5,000 youths from all over Nigeria. It took place at the new world class heritage site that is 100% indigenously constructed by youths.
Extolling the virtues of the Moremi Ajasoro – the greatest African heroine of liberty, Ooni Ogunwusu described her as the mother of liberty in the world saying that the Ife queen played a pivotal role in the liberation of mankind and successfully establishing the legacy of ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better’.
According to the Ooni, Moremi Ajasoro indeed brought the spirit of freedom to life and her influence cuts across the world, especially in America where her spirit of liberty was greatly considered while building their statue of liberty.
Moremi Ajasoro is deemed worthy of celebration because she lived her life for the freedom of mankind by sacrificing her only child to the goddess of Esinmirin river in order to liberate the people of Oodua land from the then incessant invasions of faceless terrorists. Symbolically, Moremi is a not just a heroine to the people of Yoruba land but also to the entire mankind.
The 42-feet Moremi Statue of Liberty in Ile-Ife is the tallest statue in Nigeria and 3rd tallest in Africa envisioned by Ooni Ogunwusi and 100% indigenously constructed by a team of almost 200 Nigerian youths led by the sculptor who is the head of the Ooni’s Palace Art Gallery, Victor Badejo and the palace Engineer, Simeon Adeyinka who served as the site Engineer.
The Ooni hailed the project, describing it as the first of its kind to be 100% indigenously constructed, all of them numbering about 200 are youths and all the materials used were sourced locally traceable to all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
Africa’s tallest statue is the 161 feet African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, Senegal built by a North Korean company Mansudae Overseas Projects Limited while the 66feet Great Sphinx of Gisa in Egypt is the 2nd tallest statue in Africa.
Ooni Ogunwusi further admonished governments across the continent of Africa to adequately and meaningfully engage the youths in nation building stressing that Nigeria has manpower that can create, construct, and build standard and original goods.
While lamenting the redundancy of the youths caused by the over patronage of the foreign goods and services, he described the youths as the greatest accessories for the development of any nation who must be given first priority by the various African governments.
It is hoped that women of today will emulate Moremi Ajasoro who is deemed worthy of the celebration and the likes of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Mariam Makeba, Queen Aminat and Margaret Ekpo.