Moremi made significant contributions to African freedom but her life has received little scholarly attention. She was a queen of the Yoruba tribe, which is one of the most famous and influential black tribes in history.
Moremi’s exploits helped preserve the commercial life of her people and freed them from oppressors. Today, there are over 41 million ethnic Yorubas who live predominantly in sixteen countries in West Africa, although, because of the transatlantic slave trade, large Yoruba communities have taken root in countries like Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the Americas. There are also Yoruba communities in many European countries—most having migrated in the immediate decades after the end of colonialism in the 1970s and 1980s while fleeing economic and political instability in their home countries. But the Yorubas would have never survived to become a prominent black ethnic group in the 21st century if it were not for the bravery of some of its early heroes, among which is the remarkable Queen Moremi.
Ife, the ancestral home of the Yorubas once witnessed a great disaster, an invasion from unknown people. At the end of the encounter, the invaders would carry their farm products, take the unlucky weaker men, women and children who were not able to escape as slaves.
The Ife people thought that their gods were angry with them because their invaders often come masked.
Moremi, an Ife woman of great beauty and royalty felt concerned and made recourse to Esinmirin, the river goddess.
Esinmirin accepted and taught Moremi what to do. During the next attack, just as planned with Esinmirin, Moremi allowed herself to be captured, and because of her great beauty and royalty, she was given to the strange king as wife.
From there, she got to know the secrets of their enemies. While coming to invade them, they would dress in leaves to make themselves look scary.
They could be conqured if they are being burnt.
One night, she sneaked out of the palace and was able to escape back to Ife.
During the next attack of the invaders, Moremi who had already taught her her people what to do led them to defeat their enemies.
In appreciation of their victory, Moremi went to Esinmirin with different things such as goats, fowls, snails and other things as a sign of her appreciation, but unfortunately, Esinmirin refused everything.
The goddess rejected everything and requested that Moremi’s only son, Oluorogbo should be sacrificed to her.
This was a very huge blow to Moremi. Since she was not left with much choice, she had to do as instructed.
As a result of the fact that Moremi made the ultimate sacrifice by giving her only son to the goddess, she became honoured, and even till now, not only is she seen as a Mythical-legendary figure, a festival is being done in honour of her deeds yearly, and also, a pageantry is done in her name to celebrate her.