Emotan (Uwaraye), was born in Eyaen between 1380 and 1400 in ancient kingdom of Benin located in the southern part of Nigeria.
After the death of her husband, she constructed a hut where she attended to the needs of children.
Emotan was instrumental in Ewuare’s reclaiming the thrones as Oba of Benin Kingdom after she told him of a murder plot against him made by Uwaifiokun and some Chiefs during his time in exile.
Ewuare went on to appoint Emotan as the Iyeki, a position given to someone with the task of enforcing market rules and checkmating security matters. Upon her a life sized bronze status was designed in honour of the legacy set by her and was unveiled by Oba Akenzua II in cooperation with the British Colonial authorities on May 20, 1954. The status is presently located at the Oba Market in Benin City, Edo state.