Queen Moremi lived in the 12th-century Kingdom of Ile-Ife (also called Ife) at a time when Yoruba people were under attacks from a neighboring tribe called the Ìgbò or Ugbos (forest people). Bothered by these never-ending attacks, the Queen pays a visit to the Esimirin river, where she consulted an Orisha (spirit), as once the custom at the time. She makes a pact with the river god, vowing to make the greatest sacrifice possible once her people are free from oppression. This color was named in honor of her story to free her people from oppression and her great sacrifice. The color represents the river waters.