Africa’s latest king, the dashing and charismatic Ogiame Atuwatse III, 37, was recently coronated as the 21st king of the Olu of Warri kingdom, one of the youngest to do so. The Kingdom of Warri, or Iwere Kingdom, was part of the Nigerian traditional states in the city of Warri in Delta State, Nigeria.
Atuwatse III, was crowned on August 21, with all the extravagant pomp and ceremony expected for the crowning of a royal. Despite Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in Nigeria prohibiting large gatherings, a king must be crowned. The king himself noted the significance of the day, saying his coronation fell on the only month in the year where the 21st fell on a Saturday.
Ogiame Atuwatse III is a Nigerian traditional ruler, paramount ruler of the Itsekiri people and the 21st Olu of Warri. He was born Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, also known as Prince Tsola Emiko, on April 2, 1984 to Olu Atuwatse II, the 19th Olu of Warri and Gladys Durorike Emiko in Warri.
He attended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Primary School in Warri; Adesoye College, Offa in Kwara State and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in the US, according to reports.
Atuwatse III succeeded his uncle Ogiame Ikenwoli who died in December last year. His gesture garnered applause from the audience, who hung on his every word. The king started his speech by saying he wanted to honour the two most important women in his life – his mother and his wife.
King Ogiame Atuwatse III celebrated the two most important women in his life and bestowed on them the new titles to depict their new offices. Interestingly enough, as God has ordained, one is a beautiful young lady of Edo heritage and the other is a gracious woman of Yoruba heritage.
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