By Josephine Obute
Lagos – In an effort to empower women against oppression, the Ooni of Ife has initiated a musical drama to propagate African woman’s values of courage and strength as demonstrated by Queen Moremi Ajasoro.
The 90-minute drama will be showcased from December in Lagos, according to Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, the Cultural Ambassador to Queen Moremi.
“This unique project is going to be 90 minutes of dance, drama and music, telling the story of an African queen from Ile-Ife, South West of Nigeria.
“It will take us back to the memory lane on how Queen Moremi risked her life and made the ultimate sacrifice to end trafficking and enslavement of her people, especially women and children,” Ademiluyi said in Lagos.The cultural ambassador spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.
She spoke on behalf of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
According to her, the 13-day stage performance to begin from Dec. 21 will stir courage and leadership abilities in the African woman.
“The Ooni of Ife celebrates the courage of Queen Moremi Ajasoro with a maiden 90 minutes musical drama from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2, 2019, in Lagos,’’ she said.
According to her, the House of Oduduwa Foundation of the palace has appointed Bolanle Austin-Peters Productions to come up with the legendary theatre performance.
“It will propagate and rejuvenate 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,” the princess said.
She called on African women to exhibit courage and other leadership abilities for a progressive society.
Ademiluyi told NAN that proceeds from the musical drama would be used to assist and rehabilitate young women who fell victims of modern day slavery.
“His imperial majesty, in line with his rehabilitation programmes, says the programme will key into his ongoing empowerment of victims of modern day slavery and trafficking under the House of Oduduwa Foundation,” she said