Celebrating Tradition and Unity: Day 5 of the 2nd Coronation Anniversary “Uge Oyo Ekoro” of Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, the Olu of Warri Kingdom
Date: August 22, 2023
Location: Olu’s Palace (Aghofen), Warri
In a vibrant display of culture, tradition, and unity, the 2nd Coronation Anniversary “Uge Oyo Ekoro” of Ogiame Atuwatse III, the revered Olu of Warri Kingdom, took place on August 22, 2023, at the historic Olu’s Palace in Warri. The event was a remarkable culmination of five days of festivities, commemorating the coronation of Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, two years ago. The day’s celebrations were graced by a multitude of dignitaries, captivating performances, and the installation of new chiefs, reaffirming the Kingdom’s rich heritage.
A Cultural Extravaganza: The Siegidi Dance Group
One of the highlights of the day’s festivities was the captivating performance by the Siegidi dance group from Sapele in Sapele Local Government Area, Delta State. Their rendition of the famous Itsekiri Sigidi dance enthralled the audience, weaving a tapestry of rhythmic movements, colorful costumes, and the beat of traditional drums. The Siegidi dance, deeply rooted in Itsekiri tradition, served as a reminder of the enduring cultural legacy that the Kingdom proudly upholds.
A Gathering of Distinguished Guests
The event drew a diverse array of attendees, further reinforcing the bonds of unity that underlie the Warri Kingdom. Among the distinguished guests were Palace Chiefs, political office holders, prominent Itsekiri individuals, as well as friends of the Warri Kingdom. This convergence of individuals from various walks of life showcased the Kingdom’s ability to bring people together in celebration of its heritage and progress.
Welcoming New Chiefs: Guardians of Tradition
One of the pivotal moments of the day was the installation of four new Chiefs (Ojoyes) into the Warri Kingdom. Each chief was bestowed with a unique title, symbolizing their responsibility to uphold the Kingdom’s traditions and values. The new chiefs and their titles are as follows:
- Chief Eyimofe Atake (SAN) – The Tolugbogwa of Warri Kingdom, Alias Uruengho
- Chief Elijah Temile – The Olujuwa of Warri Kingdom, Alias Okpeyo
- Chief Walter Omatsola Boyo – The Usẹn Olu etẹ of Warri Kingom, Alias Akature
- Chief Dr. Anthony Oris Erewa – The Oritsuwa of Warri Kingdom, Alias Erujeje
These newly installed chiefs, along with the three female chiefs inaugurated just days prior, underscored the Kingdom’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity while respecting its cultural heritage.
A Legacy of Unity and Progress
The 2nd Coronation Anniversary “Uge Oyo Ekoro” celebration of Ogiame Atuwatse III not only commemorated the Olu’s reign but also reflected the Kingdom’s collective spirit. Through the vibrant performances, the presence of dignitaries, and the installation of new chiefs, the event celebrated tradition, honored progress, and embraced unity.
As the sun set on the day’s festivities, the echoes of the Siegidi dance and the cheers of the attendees lingered in the air, serving as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Warri Kingdom. This grand occasion affirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage while embracing the future with open arms, under the wise leadership of Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR.