Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, the Olu of Warri Kingdom at the 10th edition of Ghigho Aghofen

In a vibrant display of readiness and tradition, the people of Orugbo marched joyously into Aghofen, the palace of His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III CFR, the Olu of Warri, on Saturday, June 22, 2024. The air was filled with sonorous voices and lively dance steps swaying to ancient folklore tunes, marking the 10th edition of “Ghigho Aghofen.”

This ceremonial event signified the transfer of stewardship over the Palace from the illustrious Efurokpe community and other Itsekiri communities of Ethiope-West Local Government Area, who had kept watch since March 16, to the venerable Orugbo community. Nestled in the creeks of Warri South Local Government Area, Orugbo is in close proximity to the ancestral home of Ode-Itsekiri.

Orugbo community boasts a rich history, founded by Ibrikimo and Otuekine deity, later joined by Ike during the reign of Olu Irame, between 1525 and 1549 AD. Their migration began in present-day Iraq in the Middle East, traversing Northeast Africa to Ode-Itsekiri, and finally settling in Orugbo. Here, they diligently practiced their mission and belief system, centered on justice, equity, and doing good at all times.

The 10th edition of Ghigho Aghofen celebrated the rich heritage and traditions of the Orugbo community in a grand showcase of dances, sounds, and theatrical splendor. The event honored the unwavering communal bonds within the Warri Kingdom, featuring captivating cultural displays and homage from diverse tribal groups residing in Warri, including Yoruba, Benin, Ilaje, Igbo, Urhobo, as well as the Ghanaian community.

This edition of Ghigho Aghofen not only highlighted the historical significance of Orugbo but also showcased the unity and cultural diversity that define the Warri Kingdom.

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By Aliwere