Ogiame Atuwatse III becomes King at the age of 37, one of the youngest to ascend the throne
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Colorful dance performances by various cultural groups, as well as pleasant musical renditions by the Warri Royal Choir and the Laz Ekwueme Orchestral, are among the activities.
All sons of Itesekiri were asked to remove their hats shortly after his arrival at the coronation venue.
One of the highlights of the event was the Olu’s blindfolded selection of a ceremonial sword among 20 others.
However, one of the 21 swords bearing the names of his 20 forefathers is frequently left unnamed.
The monarch is expected to use the name of the predecessor he chooses as his title throughout his reign as the 21st Olu, according to the kingdom’s high chiefs.
If the monarch chooses a sword that has no name attached to it, he has the option of announcing a new title or choosing the title of any of his forefathers.
Meanwhile, he finished three symbolic chores: fetching water in a clay pot, splitting wood with an axe, and paddling a canoe for the last time.
“A New Name” is the title of a new book.
The Olu of Warri was crowned by the Uwangue of Warri, Chief Gabriel Awala, after taking the oath of office and adopting a title for his reign.
As a result, his name was changed from Omoba Tsola Emiko to Ogiame Atuwatse III.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Ovie Omo-Agege, the Deputy President of the Senate, whose mother is a Warri Kingdom native.
Many dignitaries from across the country, including political leaders and traditional rulers, were present at the coronation of the new Olu of Warri.
Atiku Bagudu, Governor of Kebbi State; Philip Shaibu, Deputy Governor of Edo State; Idris Wase, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives; and Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Delta State Governor, are among the political leaders in attendance.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe; Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams; and President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, are among the traditional rulers and dignitaries in attendance.
Ogiame Atuwatse III, a descendant of Olu Akengbuwa, was born in Warri on April 2, 1984, to Prince Godwin Toritseju Emiko and Gladys Durorike Emiko, who later became the 20th Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II.
Between 1995 and 2001, he received his primary education at the NNPC Primary School in Warri and his secondary education at Adesoye College in Offa, Kwara State.
The monarch then went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Political Science with a minor in History and Economics between 2002 and 2006.
He received his Master of Science in Management from the same university in 2007.
Olu is a sports enthusiast who has competed in a variety of sports including swimming, kayaking, basketball, American football, and soccer.
Following his return to Nigeria in 2008, he worked in the National Petroleum Investment Management Services’ Public Affairs Department for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
Between 2010 and 2012, he worked as an officer at the Shell Nigeria Closed Pension Fund Administrator and then as a Government Relations Officer at Sahara Energy.
He founded Noble Nigeria Limited and Coral Curator Limited as an entrepreneur.
He also serves as Chairman of Ocean Marine Security Limited and as a Director of Gulf of Guinea Limited, Vessel Link Big Limited, and other companies.
Ivie Uhunoma Emiko, daughter of Edo business mogul Idahosa Okunbo, is the monarch’s wife, and the couple has three children.
Dignitaries at the ceremony include the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, deputy Governor of Edo state Phillip and many others.
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