The Olu-designate for Warri kingdom, Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, will be crowned on Saturday, August 21 in Ode-Itsekiri, the traditional headquarters of the Itsekiri nation in Warri South Council Area of Delta State.
The acting chairman of the Olu Advisory Council and Iyatsere of Warri kingdom, Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe, at a news conference, spoke with reporters in Warri.
The regent, Prince Emmanuel Okotie-Eboh, members of the Olu Advisory Council, senior Chiefs, and some princes of the kingdom were present at the conference.
According to the Iyatsere, the decision followed consultations with the regent, the Ginuwa 1 Ruling House, the Council of Chiefs and the Olu-in-Council.
He added that the Omoba’s choice came after a “rigorous process, which included a painstaking search within and amongst the descendants of the last three Olu’s, as required by tradition, custom and extant laws” as well as several consultations and eventual confirmation by the Ifa oracle…”
Amatserunleghe, who is also the chairman of the Warri Council of Chiefs, also announced that the final rites of passage for the late king, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, will begin Friday, June 18 in the oil city and last for 14 days.
“The burial rites for our late king, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, will begin on Friday, June 18, with a commendation service here in Warri, to be followed by traditional burial rites at Ode-Itsekiri, the next day 19th, 2021.
“Burial activities will end on Friday, July 2nd, a duration of 14 days. This phase will bring to a close the mourning period throughout the Warri Kingdom.
“It is my singular honour to declare to you on behalf of the Warri Council of kingmakers, that Omoba Tsola Emiko will be crowned and formally installed as the 21st Olu of Warri on Saturday, the 21st day of August 2021, by the grace of God,” he said.
The Iyatsere further expressed gratitude to all Itsekiri sons and daughters worldwide, for standing by the palace “in our desire to have a peaceful transition, in line with their wishes and those of the gods of our land”.
The Omoba, son of Ogiame Atuwaste ll, will be crowned as the 21st Olu of Warri kingdom.