Ogiame Atuwatse III has hosted the 6th edition of Ghigho Aghofen at Aghofen, the Palace of the Olu of Warri Kingdom, Ajamimogha, Warri. This was the first Ghigho Aghofen of 2023 as it was postponed from the earlier slated date of 25th of March to 20th of April, 2023 due to various commitments of Ogiame Atuwatse III.
Ijala community replaces Ugborodo community at 6th edition of Ghigho Aghofen
This edition featured Ugborodo community (comprising Ode-Ugborodo, Madangho, Ogidigben, Ijaghala and Ajudaibo) having been in the palace for the last 4 months from 18th of December 2022 handing over the reigns of the Palace Watch to Ijala (Ijala Ikenren, Aja-Etan and Ifiekporo communities). Following the handover by Ugborodo community, all five aboriginal communities of Warri Kingdom have completed their palace watch. Olu Ginuwa settled at Ijala community after the migration and is home to the Warri Kingdom royal cemetery where all past Olu of Warri are buried.
The very colourful ceremony was well attended by guests from all over the country with the usual display of the rich cultural heritage of the Itsekiri poeple alongside various presentations by our Urhobo neighbours and other ethnic groups.
New Ologbetsere performs first official duty
This was also the first time the newly installed Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Oma Eyewuoma was performing his role as an Ologbotsere alongside the Iyatsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe. The event was well attended by several other chiefs of Warri Kingdom including Chief Gabriel Awala (the Uwangue of Warri Kingdom), Chief Brown Mene (the Ogbwa-Olusan of Warri Kingdom), Chief Omolubi Newuwumi (The Omatamudenyin of Warri), Chief Prest Udueyin (The Akwinitsokan of Warri), Chief Billy Besiginwa (The Osolor of Warri), Chief Solomon Arenyeka, Chief Otimeyin Adams (The Aguinede of Warri), Chief (Madam) Roli O. Oritsejafor (The Iyelomaete of Warri), Chief Patrick Yalaju (The Kenekuniraro of Warri), Chief Dr Roland I. Oritsejafor (the Ogwa of Warri), Chief Eddy Eyitemi Olley (The Agbarame (Ofone) of Warri Kingdom) and Chief Mrs Mercy Olowu Eyeoyibo (The Utukpa Oritse Erun of Warri Kingdom).