The Warri Traditional Council

OJOYES (CHIEFS) OF WARRI KINGDOM

When the first Olu of Warri, Ginuwa I founded the kingdom known as Warri kingdom comprising of all the lands and waters in the landmass referred to as Warri North, Warri South, Warri South West and other Itsekiri communities in other LGAs of Delta state and other States of what is now known as Nigeria over six hundred years ago, he came with seventy men who are all the first sons of their fathers. These men are what is called ”OJOYES” meaning Chiefs in English. Since that period, every Olu that reigned over Warri Kingdom has always conferred Chieftaincy titles on well deserving Itsekiri sons and daughters. This tradition is as old as the tribe and it will continue to be a part of the Itsekiri people, the aborigines of Warri kingdom.

Each Olu in a bid to build a more prosperous Warri Kingdom carefully sorts out credible Itsekiri men and women who have cut out a niche for themselves in their various fields of human endeavour to help build a Warri Kingdom of peace, security, unity, equity and development. The Ojoyes help the Olu to pursue the dream and vision for Warri Kingdom and Itsekiri people. As a result of this, each Olu conducts a long and vigorous search for worthy sons and daughters to be honoured by the first class monarch.

In Warri kingdom, to be conferred with a chieftaincy title, is a very rare privilege. The honour and pride of being chosen by an Olu for chieftaincy title can not be expressed in words. There are various individual qualities that one must possess before he/she can become a chief in the ancient kingdom. The most important quality is credibility and patriotism of the individual for the development of the tribe. Those who are found worthy usually pass through many vigorous traditional screening processes like gold passing through a fire furnace. This process is responsible for the very high level of moral respect the chiefs command through their words, public conducts and traditional activities.

In Itsekiri tradition, the Chiefs are referred to as the Olu’s wives (Aya-Olu) who must do everything within their power to make sure their husband the Olu succeeds in all his vision, programs, pronouncements and decisions during his reign to move the kingdom forward for the collective good of his people. Those who refuse to help the Olu succeed, are usually sanctioned by the Olu, their husband according to Itsekiri custom, tradition and culture which may include being derobed by the Olu. Other names of the Ojoyes include Odibo-Olu (Olu’s Steward) and Uku-Olu (Olu’s messenger).

The Olu has Overlordship rights over all Itsekiri land and does not share this privilege with any Ojoye. The Olu can grant an Ojoye the right to represent him in their respective communities and they are expected to conduct themselves justly while performing their duties.

 

 

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe

Appellation (Akpuja): Uji

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Gabriel Awala

Appellation (Akpuja): Orieku

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Tesigiweno Yayah Pessu

Appellation (Akpuja): Utioba

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief (Mrs.) Rita Lori Ogbebor

Appellation (Akpuja): Irojowo

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Sunday Rone

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogienoyibo

Chief Eyitemi Arthur Diden

Appellation (Akpuja): Agboburukunjakan

Chief Barr. Robinson Ariyo

Appellation (Akpuja): Arayuwa

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Gilbert Temisan Grant

Appellation (Akpuja): Agbusibiro

Chief Kofi Kartey

Appellation (Akpuja): Ebirenegbo

Chief Oma Eyewuoma

Appellation (Akpuja): Oyan

Chief Emmanuel Uduaghan

Appellation (Akpuja): Agbeghenrendiden

Chief Mene Brown

Appellation (Akpuja): Esemude

Chief Dr Roland I. Oritsejafor

Appellation (Akpuja): Uwaeye

Chief (Madam) Roli O. Oritsejafor

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogbodu Iyawa

Chief Francis Omatseye

Appellation (Akpuja): Ujatoli

Chief Fred Edegbele

Appellation (Akpuja): Orurunagbakiridi

Chief Luck Ereku

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogiesamalele

Chief Anthony Ewarami Onuwaje

Appellation (Akpuja): Onogunjegbe

Chief Emmanuel Omamofe Ejutse

Appellation (Akpuja): Ekoro-Usin

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief (Mrs) Patience Ebiyon Blankson (P.E.B) Uku

Appellation (Akpuja): Ere-egwa

Chief Mrs. Patricia Arawore Otuedon

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogifie

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Omolubi Newuwumi

Appellation (Akpuja): Egindeghere Ugbo

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Dr Mogba Eyeoyibo

Appellation (Akpuja): Otsofu

Chief Thomas Ereyitomi

Appellation (Akpuja): Ojogbojo

Chief (Prof.) Grace Alele-Williams

Appellation (Akpuja): Oluebeje

Chief Tony Ede

Appellation (Akpuja): Eribonosioba

Chief Olivia Agbajor

Appellation (Akpuja): Egudeghe

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Mrs Mercy Olowu Eyeoyibo

Appellation (Akpuja): Eriegwa

Chief Felix Esisi

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogieboro

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Patrick D Yalaju

Appellation (Akpuja): Adolo

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Solomon Arenyeka

Appellation (Akpuja): Otueje

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Mrs Josephine Onemu

Appellation (Akpuja): Eperugo

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Billy Besigiwa

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogbogenijebu

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Roland Omagbemi

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogban

Chief Dr. Joseph Otumara

Appellation (Akpuja): Osuelele

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Alex Omaghomi

Appellation (Akpuja): Omayoye

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief (Sir) E.T. Heymann (KSQ)

Appellation (Akpuja): Adugeneyindolo

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Prest Udueyin

Appellation (Akpuja): Adobodoji

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Daisy Danjuma

Appellation (Akpuja): Ewakpakpa

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Eddy Eyitemi Olley

Appellation (Akpuja): Eni

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Barr. Edward Ekpoko

Appellation (Akpuja): Erebeni

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Richmond O. McGray

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogiaganusi

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Eyituoyor Maku

Appellation (Akpuja): Ijeguen

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Winnifred Egbejule

Appellation (Akpuja): Otsowode

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Eugene Ikomi

Appellation (Akpuja): Oghoroju

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Clement Akpeto Maleghemi

Appellation (Akpuja): Udefi Obaloye

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Otimeyin Adams

Appellation (Akpuja): Ojowuro

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Samuel Oritsejolomisan Omamuli

Appellation (Akpuja): Akulagba

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Sam Amatoritsero

Appellation (Akpuja): Omotsonighele

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Fred Ogbe

Appellation (Akpuja): Eginoghoyo

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Prof. Itse Sagay

Appellation (Akpuja): Ogodobiri

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Atiwa Amanoritsewo

Appellation (Akpuja): Edegberoko

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Caroline Ajuyah

Appellation (Akpuja): Irolobe

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Akoma Demeyin

Appellation (Akpuja): Egbewuru

Ojoye of Warri Kingdom
Chief Mike Odeli Title: The Olorogun of Warri Kingdom Appellation: Okolokotuse

Appellation (Akpuja): Okolokotuse

Appellation (Akpuja): Omotseghele

Appellation (Akpuja): Edemayogho

Appellation (Akpuja): Omatson-Ighele

Appellation (Akpuja): Ugoniwere