Cultural Events and Ceremonies in Warri Kingdom

The Itsekiri Nation is blessed with different cultural events and ceremonies. Some of these are performed only during special occasions.

Coronation of an Olu of Warri

Warri Kingdom coronation event

The coronation ceremony is the biggest event in Warri Kingdom. This only happens when an Olu of Warri joins his ancestors and a new Olu of Warri is to be crowned.

In the last six years, the Itsekiri Nation has had to host two coronation events (2015 and 2021). Prior to both events, the last coronation event happened in 1987.

Coronation Anniversary of the Olu of Warri (Uge Oyo Ekoro)

The coronation anniversary is a yearly event celebrated by the Itsekiri Nation to mark the coronation of a reigning Olu of Warri. During the reign of Ogiame Atuwatse II, the coronation anniversary was 2nd of May yearly. This changed to 12th of December yearly during the reign of Ogiame Ikenwoli. The new coronation anniversary holds every 21st of August yearly.

Ghigho Aghofen

In December 2021, Ogiame Atuwatse III inaugurated a new event named Ghigho Aghofen. The event holds every three months. 

Every three months, a new communitycomes to watch over Aghofen and during this period, Aghofen focuses on that community. At the end of the third month, a new community replaces the current community. 

Nanna / Neville's Day

The Neville’s Day celebration is celebrated yearly on the 8th of August by descendants of Nanna Olomu at Koko Town, Warri North LGA. 

The event marks the return of Nanna Olomu from exile. Nanna named the celebration after his friend Neville for his immense contribution.  

Otu-Oma Odokun Cultural Society Festival

Otu-Oma Odokun Cultural Festival is an Itsekiri cultural festival hosted by the Otu-Oma Odokun Cultural Society in Warri, Warri South LGA of Delta state. It is an event that shows masquerade displays and various Itsekiri dance steps.

Awankere Festival (Okere Juju)

Awankere festival is a festival celebrated by the Okere people of Warri Kingdom. It is a major event that occurs yearly and is held in Warri city. 

The Awankere is a fertility festival. The community is purified and sacrifices are made to appease and thank the deity for all the blessings of the preceding festival year prior to the commencement of the ceremonies.

Ologbotsere Day

The celebration of Ologbotsere Day is a beloved tradition among the descendants of Ologbotsere in Jakpa Town, Warri North LGA. This joyous occasion is a time to honor the memory of our illustrious ancestor, Ologbotsere Eyinmisanren, who was the very first Ologbotsere of the Warri Kingdom. With a sense of unity and merriment, Jakpa community eagerly anticipates this special event every year.

Iyatsere Day

The commemoration of Iyatsere Day stands as a cherished custom within the lineage of Iyatsere in Ologbo Town, located in Edo State. This festive event serves as a moment to pay homage to the legacy of those who have borne the esteemed title of Iyatsere in the Warri Kingdom, as well as to revel in the significance of the Iyatsere family’s contributions to Warri Kingdom’s history.

Uwangue Day

Uwangue descendants celebrating the Uwangue day at Jakpa town

Uwangue Day is a celebration of the Uwangue family in Jakpa Town, Warri North LGA. This festive event serves as a moment to pay homage to the legacy of those who have borne the esteemed title of Uwangue in the Warri Kingdom, as well as to revel in the significance of the Uwangue family’s contributions to Warri Kingdom’s history.

Abiton-Okoro Festival of Orere-Uluba

The Abiton-Okoro annual festival of Orere-Uluba is an Itsekiri annual festival that is held yearly at Orere-Uluba community in Warri Noth LGA.

Okurama and Abiton-Okoro (Abitokoro) Festival of Obodo

Okurama and Abiton-Okoro (Abitokoro) festival by the Itsekiri people of Obodo community

Okurama and Abiton-Okoro (Abitokoro) festival is a yearly festival by the Itsekiri people of Obodo community. Okurama masquerade are not captured on photo but the Abiton-okoro masquerade can be captured. The festival holds every December. 

Ugbuwangue Okposo Festival

The Okposo festival is hosted by Ugbuwangue community in Warri South LGA

The Ugbuwangue Okposo cultural festival is a captivating and magnificent enactment and exhibition of deep-rooted Itsekiri culture and tradition featuring in veneration of a male and a female deity – ‘okposo’. The okposo masquerades are usually accompanied and escorted into the stage by an ‘Ọdẹ’ (a masquerade that escorts only extraordinary masquerades). The Okposo festival is marked once in at least 20 years (owing to its uniqueness).

Ijaghala Community Annual Festival, Ijaghala

Ijaghala Community Annual Festival is an Itsekiri cultural festival hosted by the people of Ijaghala community in Warri South West LGA of Delta state. 

Jakpa Onemone Festival, Jakpa

Onemone festival is a traditional festival by the Itsekiri people of Jakpa town, Warri North.

Yardley Annual Cultural Festival

Yardley Cultural Festival is an Itsekiri cultural festival hosted by the Yardley Cultural Society in Sapele LGA of Delta State.

Oma-Olubi Cultural Festival, Koko

Oma-Olubi Cultural Festival is an Itsekiri cultural festival hosted by the Oma-Olubi cultural society in Koko Town, Warri North LGA of Delta state.

Otu-Oma Odokun Cultural Festival, Warri

Otu-Oma Odokun Cultural Festival is an Itsekiri cultural festival hosted by the Otu-Oma Odokun Cultural society in Warri, Warri South LGA of Delta state.

Ologbo Annual Cultural Festival

Ologbo Community Annual Festival is an Itsekiri cultural festival hosted by the people of Ologbo community in Edo State. 

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