by David Yomi Tsola Okpaghoro
It was euphoria and wild jubilation following the historic visit of His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, The Olu of Warri to Inorin community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. The visit is part of activities billed for the “Ghigho Aghofen” ceremony. The indigenes of Inorin and her neighboring communities who were elated by the visit rolled out dance troupes to welcome the Olu.
Inorin, an aboriginal community in Warri Kingdom had since March 26 succeeded Ureju community in keeping watch over the palace. Meanwhile, the community is preparing to wrap up her ‘watch’ over the palace. The next ‘change of watch’ ceremony will be held at the Palace of the Olu of Warri on June 25, 2022 as Omadino, another aboriginal community takes over the palace watch. Ureju, Inorin, Omadino, Ugborodo and Ode-Itsrkiri are the five (5) aboriginal communities that predated the crowning of the first Olu of Warri Kingdom, Olu Ginuwa I.
Ogiame who was accompanied on the visit by Chief Johnson Amatseruleghe (JP), Chief Gabriel Awala, Chief Brown Mene, Chief Francis Omatseye, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, Chief Edwin Olley and other palace Chiefs, blessed the land of Inorin. He pronounced development and prosperity upon the land.
Ogiame commission’s Inorin Primary School
The high point of the visit was the commissioning of the Inorin Primary School built and donated by the Oma-Iwere Itsekiri Organization, USA, and Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor Hall. In his usual royal generosity, the Olu donated the sum of Two Million Naira (N2,00000.00) to the men and women of the community. The people were overwhelmed by the the Olu’s kind gesture.
Ogiame prays for Inorin community
The Olu walked barefooted on the land and it is symbolic of his royal blessings on the community and its indigenes.
The visit was significant because it has created a sense of belonging for the people of Inorin community. It is a testament of Ogiame’s vision and plans for the development of the community. The visit provides the Olu with a first-hand view of the challenges and needs of the community.