Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko , Olu Of Warri Emiko , Olu Of Warri Designate

Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, 37 has emerged as the Olu of Warri designate.

The transformation ceremony began with a brief opening remark from one of the chiefs, who then invited the Iyasere, Chief Johnson Atserunleghe, to speak, after which he formally declared HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli’s death by breaking three native earthen pots containing white native chalks on the floor.

Olu Of Warri Emiko , Olu Of Warri Designate

Following that, after reading his citation to the assembly, Omo-Oba, the Olu designate, was presented to the Itsekiri Nation.


Emiko will be the 21st Olu of Warri, crowned after a 90-day seclusion in which he would be educated on the Itsekiri people’s culture and tradition, as well as kingship protocols.


Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, was embodied at the ceremony by the Olubosin of Ife, Oba Akinola Oyetade Aderera, and Adekunle Adeayo Adeagbo, the Ore of Otun Eketi.

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The Olu designate, generally regarded as the heir to the throne, received his education both in Nigeria and abroad. In Warri, Delta State, he was born on April 2, 1984, to Prince Godwin Toritseju Emiko, the late Ogiame Ikenwoli Atuwatse 11 and Gladys Durorike Emiko.

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Between 1995 and 2001, he attended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Primary School and Adesanoye College in Ofa, Kwara State.

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Between 2002 and 2006, Prince Emiko was a student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science with minors in History and Economics.

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He went on to receive a Master of Science in Management from Case Western Reserve University in 2007 and worked in the Public Affairs Department of the National Petroleum Investment Management Service (NAPIMS) during his NYSC in 2008, among other experiences in the private sector and entrepreneurship.

Olu Of Warri Emiko , Olu Of Warri Designate

Following Ikenwoli’s death, the Iyatsere declared that there would be no celebrations in Warri Kingdom for the next three months. He said this as part of activities to mourn the death of the Warri ruler, which included announcing a time of mourning in the kingdom.


“In Iwere country, there shall be no merrymaking of any sort. During the length, all Itsekiri sons and daughters must tie their wrappers upside down,” Atserunleghe said.


Following the declaration, 20 cannon shots were fired to announce the monarch’s death, with the Iyasere explaining that the 20 shots represented the rule of 20 Olus over the Iwere country.

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