The Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye celebrates the courage and queenship of Queen Moremi Ajasoro with a maiden 90 mins Musical Drama from December 21 to January 2, 2019 in Lagos.
Oba Ogunwusi, spoke through the cultural ambassador to the queen, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi.
He said that the seasonal stage performance was aimed at strengthening the might of women in the society.
“The purpose of this project is to keep our identity, values, history and culture alive especially amongst the youths, our upcoming next generation.
“Our mission to proudly showcase our history and vibrant rich culture to the entire world starting from within Nigeria and progressing on to those in the diaspora,” he said.
According to him, House of oduduwa foundation of the palace has commissioned Bolanle Austin-Peters Production to produce the legendary theatre performance.
He said that the 13 days consecutive show was first of its kind that centered around the legendary queen Moremi Ajasoro of the Yoruba kingdom
“This unique project is going to be a 90 mins of dance, drama and music, telling the story of an African Queen from Ile-Ife the South West of Nigeria.
“It would bring us back to the Memory Lane of how she risked her life and made the ultimate sacrifice to end trafficking and enslavement of her people especially women and children,” he said.
The traditional ruler disclosed that the aim of this show was to tell the world , how the strength of a woman, which dated back to over 1200 years, made an impact in the life of her people.
The House of oduduwa foundation of the ooni of ife has commissioned Bolanle Austin Peters Production to produce the 1st of its kind contemporary theater production.
He said that the performance, which centered around the legendary queen of the Yoruba kingdom would empower and rehabilitate young women who have been victims of modern day slavery.
“It also propagates and rejuvenates the cherished values, culture and tradition of an African woman as demonstrated by Queen Moremi, who by unusual courage put herself forward in order to save her people,” he said.
He therefore urged African women to exhibit courage of sacrifice and good leadership everywhere as demonstrated by Queen Moremi Ajasoro, for a progressive society.
The cultural ambassador however said that the proceeds from the musical drama will go towards assisting and rehabilitating young women.
“His imperial majesty, inline with his rehabilitation programs, said that the program would key into his ongoing empowerment of victims of modern day slavery and trafficking under the House of Oduduwa Foundation.
“We believe that it is essential for an individual to know their roots; when one knows where one is coming from, it is easier to chart a way forward in life,” she said.
The cultural ambassador added that her team would eventually develop the Queen Moremi legacy into a play and film. This will initially debut as a Musical Drama produced by Bolanle Austin Peters Production in December.
She also said that the project would subsequently be developed as a film to be watched at cinemas worldwide and finally into a Tv series to be watched in homes.
According to her, the iconic Queen was one of the greatest Queen of Ile Ife, who confidently risked her life through her quest for knowledge and sacrifice.
The story of Queen Moremi, a legendary courageous woman, a one woman army for the love of her people, is pivotal to the history and liberation of the entire Yoruba race. during her lifetime