A 37-year old Itsekiri Prince, Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko Monday emerged as the new Olu of Warri designate.
The Iyatsere of Warri kingdom and Acting Chairman, Warri Council of Chiefs and Olu Advisory council, Chief Johnson Amatserunreleghe presented the Omoba to the Itsekiri nation.
The announcement of his selection came after the formal announcement of the passage of the former monarch, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli at Ode Itsekiri, the ancestral home of the Itsekiris in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The new Olu designate was born April 2, 1984, to Prince Godwin Toritseju Emiko (the late Ogiame Atuwatse II) and Gladys Durorike Emiko in Warri, Delta State.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in International Studies and Political science while minoring in History and Economics.
He also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Management.
Upon the official declaration of the monarch’s demise, 20 cannon shots were fired to announce the departure of the monarch. The 20 cannon shots signified that 20 Olus had reigned over the Iwere nation.
Meanwhile, a three month mourning period has been declared for the late monarch.
Chief Johnson Amatserunreleghe while declaring the mourning period said ‘ No burials, marriages, dancing will hold across all Itsekiri communities for three months ”
‘There shall be no merrymaking of any kind anywhere in Iwere land. All Itsekiri sons and daughters must tie their wrappers upside down for the duration”.