The three new chiefs installed by Ogiame Atuwatse IIIChief Mrs. Theresa Egbe-Ikimi, Chief Mrs. Esther Okotie-Eboh and Chief Mrs. Ebiyemi Omatseye

Warri, August 19, 2023 – The vibrant beats of drums, the colorful traditional attires, and the palpable excitement in the air marked the second day of the 2nd Coronation Anniversary “Uge Oyo Ekoro” of Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, the Olu of Warri Kingdom with three female chiefs installed. The celebration took place at the majestic Olu’s Palace (Aghofen) in Warri, a historic event that brought together both tradition and modernity.

The highlight of the event was the captivating display of the ‘Iboron Ancient Dance’ by the Ogheye-Eghoroke community from Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State. This dance, steeped in history and cultural significance, enthralled the audience, providing a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Itsekiri people. The rhythmic movements and elaborate costumes of the dancers painted a vivid picture of the Kingdom’s past while also celebrating the present.

  • Celebration of second Coronation Anniversary of Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri Kingdom
    Celebration of second Coronation Anniversary of Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri Kingdom

Dignitaries from various walks of life graced the event, emphasizing the unity and respect that the Olu of Warri commands. Among the esteemed guests were several Palace Chiefs; Chief Francis Omatseye, Chief (Dr.) Mogba Eyeoyibo, Chief Prest Udueyin, Chief Billy Besigiwa, Chief Omolubi Newuwumi, Chief Mene Brown, Chief Senator Daisy Ehanire- Danjuma, Chief (Mrs.) Mercy Olowu), a symbol of the Kingdom’s governance and tradition. Former Governor of Delta State, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, also made an appearance, demonstrating the harmonious relationship between Warri Kingdom and the political landscape of Delta State.

However, the true stars of the day were the newly installed female Chiefs (Ojoyes) of the Warri Kingdom. The significance of this act was not lost on the attendees, as it marked a progressive step towards gender inclusivity in the traditional leadership structure. The newly installed Chiefs were:

  1. Chief Mrs. Esther Okotie-Eboh – Taking on the role of Iye of Warri Kingdom (alias Esilokun-Ojime), Chief Mrs. Okotie-Eboh embodies the strength and wisdom that the position demands. Her installation serves as an inspiration for women across the Kingdom. This title is in honor of Princess Iye. 
  2. Chief Mrs. Theresa Egbe-Ikimi – As the Ejumotan of Warri Kingdom with Olurujo as her akpuja (appellation), Chief Mrs. Egbe-Ikimi brings her expertise and dedication to a role that holds cultural and social significance. The title Ejumotan was formerly held by the late Chief Mrs. Florence Eleghemi Rewane (Numa Clinic).
  3. Chief Mrs. Ebiyemi Omatseye – Assuming the role of Olujimi of Warri Kingdom, Mrs with Ebebe-Olusin as her akpuja (appellation). Omatseye joins the ranks of leadership with grace and determination, contributing to the preservation of tradition. The title Olujimi was formerly held by the famous Itsekiri folk singer, the late Chief Mrs. Onesanden Enonuwewe (Ugbogbo-Ebebe).

The female Chiefs installed serves as a reminder of the progressive nature of the Warri Kingdom, embracing change while holding onto the essence of its heritage. This landmark moment not only empowers women within the Kingdom but also sends a powerful message about the importance of diversity and equal representation in leadership roles. The event also saw the revalidation of Chief Senator Daisy Ehanire-Danjuma.

As the celebrations continued, the atmosphere was filled with a sense of unity, pride, and reverence for the Olu of Warri Kingdom. The event beautifully blended tradition and modernity, honoring the past while embracing the present and future. The 2nd Coronation Anniversary “Uge Oyo Ekoro” of Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, will undoubtedly be remembered as a testament to the strength of culture, the power of unity, and the forward-looking spirit of Warri Kingdom. 

By Aliwere