A file photograph of the brand new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse.
The Ogiame Atuwatse III, previously often known as Omoba Tshola Emiko, has been topped because the twenty first Olu of Warri Kingdom.
This follows a collection of actions lined up for the coronation of the monarch who ascended the throne on Saturday.
Such actions embody vibrant dance performances by varied cultural teams and nice musical renditions from the Warri Royal Choir and Laz Ekwueme Orchestral, amongst others.
Shortly after his arrival on the venue of the coronation, all sons of Itesekiri had been requested to take away their hats.
One of many excessive factors of the occasion was the collection of a ceremonial sword by the Olu whereas being blindfolded amongst 20 others.
However one of many 21 swords which bear the names of his 20 predecessors is normally left unnamed.
In keeping with the excessive chiefs within the kingdom, the monarch is predicted to make use of the identify of the predecessor he picks as his title all through his reign because the twenty first Olu.
Within the occasion the place he picks the sword that has no identify connected to it, the monarch is at liberty to announce a brand new title or choose that of any of the predecessors of his selection.
In the meantime, he carried out three symbolic chores for the final time which included fetching water in a clay pot, splitting wooden with an ax, and paddling a canoe.
A New Title
After he took the oath of workplace and adopted a title for his reign, the Olu of Warri was topped by the Uwangue of Warri, Chief Gabriel Awala.
This led to the change of his identify from Omoba Tsola Emiko to Ogiame Atuwatse III.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, whose mom hails from the Warri Kingdom.
The coronation of the brand new Olu of Warri additionally loved the presence of many dignitaries from varied components of the nation, together with political leaders and conventional rulers.
Political leaders current are Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu; Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Deputy Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Idris Wase; and former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, amongst others.
A few of the conventional rulers and dignitaries additionally in attendance embody the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe; Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams; and President of the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick.
Ogiame Atuwatse III, a descendant of Olu Akengbuwa, was born on April 2, 1984, in Warri to the then Prince Godwin Toritseju Emiko, who later turned the twentieth Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II, and Gladys Durorike Emiko.
He attended the NNPC Major Faculty in Warri for his main training and later Adesoye Faculty in Offa, Kwara State for his secondary training between 1995 and 2001.
From there, the monarch proceeded to Case Western Reserve College, Cleveland, Ohio in america the place he obtained a Bachelor of Arts between 2002 and 2006, majoring in Worldwide Research and Political Science with a minor in Historical past and Economics.
In 2007, he earned a Grasp of Science Diploma in Administration from the identical college.
The Olu is an avid sportsman, having participated in numerous sports activities together with swimming, kayaks, basketball, American soccer, and soccer.
Following his return to Nigeria in 2008, he served within the Public Affairs Division of the Nationwide Petroleum Funding Administration Providers for the Nationwide Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
Thereafter he labored as an officer on the Shell Nigeria Closed Pension Fund Administrator and later at Sahara Vitality as Authorities Relations Officer between 2010 and 2012.
As an entrepreneur, he based Noble Nigeria Restricted and Coral Curator restricted.
He’s additionally the Chairman of Ocean Marine Safety Restricted, in addition to a Director in Gulf of Guinea restricted, Vessel Hyperlink Massive Restricted, amongst others.
The monarch is married to Ivie Uhunoma Emiko, daughter of Edo enterprise mogul, Idahosa Okunbo, and they’re blessed with three youngsters.