Itsekiri nation on Monday announced Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko 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 made this known at a gathering of Itsekiri prominent chiefs, Princes and sons and daughters.
Speaking further, he declared a period of mourning for the Itsekiri nation which will run for three months on the passing away of its monarch His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli at Ode Itsekiri, its ancestral home in Warri South local government area, Delta State
“As the mourning continues, Chief Amatserunreleghe added that, ‘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.” He said.
This was followed by 20 cannon shots fired to announce the departure of the monarch. He said the 20 cannon shots signified that 20 Olus had reigned over the Iwere nation.
The New Diplomat gathered that 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.