Ika, Itsekiri Culture Blend As Olu Of Warri Visits Owa Kingdom


It was a marriage of Ika and Itsekiri  culture,  demonstrated  at the palace of the traditional ruler of Owa kingdom  in Ika North-East Local Government Area  of Delta State, Obi Emmanuel Efeziomor II, when the newly-crowned Olu of Warri, His Majesty,  Ogiame  Ikenwoli Atuwatse III visited.

The visit was Atuwatse III’s first official function away from his kingdom since his coronation on August 21.

Obi Efeizomor II had received the Itsekiri traditional ruler, who arrived  in a  retinue of  chiefs in a unique way peculiar to royalties, and later led him to the palace hall, where the atmosphere was charged with eulogies for the royal fathers.

The event featured a presentation of gifts to the  Olu of Warri.

In his remarks, Ogiame Atuwatse III said he was in  Owa Kingdom to show solidarity and support to  Obi of Owa and Chairman, Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers.

The king pledged  his administration’s preparedness to partner and work with the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers in the  forthcoming periods.

He expressed satisfaction with the  leadership  style of  the Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and said  he would do everything to  ensure the  administration finishes strong on  its set  agenda in the state.

He said the visit  also forms  part of his  official tour outside his kingdom since his coronation on August 21.

“Today is our first official outing outside the palace. We have visited Governor Okowa. We have also visited the Asagba of Asaba. We felt  this is a good opportunity to come to Owa  to see  you not only as the father of the governor, but also as the Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in the state.

“Let it be on record that we are pledging our support for the traditional rulers and the council. We are also pledging our support  and prayers for the state government to ensure it finishes well. This is the line we are toeing,” the Olu of Warri said.

In his remarks, the Obi of Owa  urged the new Olu  of Warri to be magnanimous in victory accommodate everybody.

He also called on the people of Warri Kingdom to give their  maximum support for the peace,  progress and development of the kingdom.

“Olu has taken  positive steps. We are all happy with him. We have more to gain  when there is  peace  and tranquility in Warri Kingdom. I have more to gain when I see him (Olu) make progress, I wish him well.  I pray  for him, I want the kingdom to continue to make progress.”

The Obi of Owa also warned that anybody who wanted to set the traditional institution in Delta State apart would be resisted, adding that nobody should support such a person because no traditional ruler would have crisis in his territory and feel comfortable.”


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