Olu of Warri, Atuwatse III, plans big for first coronation anniversary
All is now set for the first coronation anniversary celebration of the Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, kicking off August 17 in Warri, Delta state.
The anniversary which will be celebrated for a period of five days is scheduled to hold from 17th to 21st, of August 2022.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Palace and signed by the chairman, Media and Publicity committee of the Anniversary celebrations, Prince Yemi Emiko, FIMC, CMC. Assuring all and sundry that the gates of the Palace would be opened to all Itsekiri sons and daughters, home and abroad, friends of Iwere land, and to their neighbors and well wishers, who desire to partake peacefully in the celebrations .
The statement reads, “The events would be kick started with Praise Day activities, including extensive thanksgiving, praise and worship session inside the main Church Auditorium in the Palace in Warri.
“This will be followed next day with the ‘Warri Food Festival, a novel idea of his majesty, to showcase different food items, sources and mode of preparation and serving them, and to display various menu, colors and appetizing tastes of Itsekiri cuisine. This would be followed closely same day with the Iwere Music Concert, and launch of the Iwere Royal Society.
“Friday August 19th has been declared Health Day, where various health care services would be launched and delivered to the people by His Majesty, at the Palace of Chief Nana Olomu, the great Merchant of the Niger Delta, and successful Itsekiri businessman, who was Governor of the Benin River Protectorate, under the British Colonial administration. Health Care service delivery is one of the corner stone policies of Ogiame Atuwatse III’s reign.
“The activities will shift to Ode Itsekiri, headquarters of the Warri kingdom, on Saturday August 20th, where Itsekiri in their hundreds of thousands, will take turn to pay homage to their revered first class monarch, amid cultural display, traditional dances, drumming, singing, exhibition of Itsekiri arts and history, and show off of family heirloom by various Itsekiri Nobles, in a joyous and exciting atmosphere.
“The anniversary would be rounded off on Sunday August 21st, which is the actual coronation day of the 21st Olu of Warri, with a thanksgiving service inside the church at Aghofen, the Palace of the Olu of Warri in Warri mainland,” Prince Emiko disclosed.