Celebrating Tradition and Unity: Day 6 of the 2nd Coronation Anniversary of Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, the Olu of Warri Kingdom
The rich cultural heritage of the Itsekiri people was on full display on the 23rd of August, 2023, as the Olu of Warri Kingdom, Ogiame Atuwatse III, marked the Day 6 of his 2nd Coronation Anniversary, famously known as “Uge Oyo Ekoro.” This momentous occasion took place at the historic Olu’s Palace (Aghofen) in Warri, and it was a day of celebration, reflection, and the strengthening of cultural bonds.
A Vibrant Display of Dance and Music
The event was graced by the captivating performance of the “Ogono for Jesus” dance group from Warri, in the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. The group’s special rendition of the renowned Itsekiri Ogono music brought a sense of joy and energy to the atmosphere, as attendees were treated to a dynamic and colorful showcase of Itsekiri traditions through dance and music.
Distinguished Guests and Dignitaries
The occasion attracted a host of notable guests, including esteemed Palace Chiefs, political office holders, prominent Itsekiri individuals, and friends of the Warri Kingdom. This diverse gathering symbolized the unity and inclusiveness that the Olu of Warri Kingdom embodies in his reign.
The Installation of New Chiefs (Ojoyes)
One of the significant highlights of the event was the installation of five new Chiefs (Ojoyes) into the Warri Kingdom. These individuals were recognized and honored for their contributions to the community and their commitment to upholding Itsekiri traditions. The newly installed Chiefs are:
- Chief (Comrade) Shuwa Oyemami – The Ikaye of Warri Kingdom, also known as Ataremogun.
- Chief Isaac Ajatiton – The Olulotiti of Warri Kingdom, also known as Agbonekuya.
- Chief JFK Omatsone – The Olutimeyin of Warri Kingdom, also known as Ekpebrede.
- Chief (Dr) Wilson Olley Edun – The Abuoludero of Warri Kingdom, also known as Opuaró.
- Chief S.K. Omabaghanje – The Olugbo of Warri Kingdom, also known as Aheruvo.
These Chiefs bring the total number of newly installed Chiefs to twelve, following the previous installation of three female Chiefs on the 19th of August and four male Chiefs on the 22nd of August. This installation ceremony is a testament to the Olu’s commitment to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Warri Kingdom.
Preserving Tradition and Building the Future
The 2nd Coronation Anniversary celebration, particularly the events of Day 6, showcased the dynamic blend of tradition and progress that defines the Warri Kingdom under the leadership of Ogiame Atuwatse III. The Olu’s dedication to upholding Itsekiri customs while fostering unity and growth within the community is evident in every aspect of these festivities.
As the Warri Kingdom continues to evolve, it remains firmly rooted in its traditions, guided by a leader who understands the importance of celebrating the past while embracing the opportunities of the future. “Uge Oyo Ekoro” serves as a reminder that the cultural tapestry of the Itsekiri people is vibrant and enduring, and it is carried forward with pride by its current custodians.