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“King Abiloye” emerges as Godfrey Ikenwole Emiko named Olu of Warri successor

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New Olu of WarriThe death of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II was officially pronounced in Itsekiri kingdom and now an Olu of Warri designate has been chosen. He is Ikenwole Godfrey Emiko, brother of the late king. This is the first time a brother was taking over from a brother in this monarchy as the successor is typically the first son of the reigning Olu, in this case, it would have been Prince Tsola Emiko.

The reason he was not chosen was revealed by the kingmakers to Vanguard Newspaper

The Ojomo of Warri said, “By the tradition, a son who must succeed his father must be born of a mother who must not be outside of Itsekiri or Benin by birth, origin. This is a standing tradition and the son does not fulfill this requirement.

Prof. Jim Omatseye added: “In the event that a son is not qualified to succeed the father, the princes of the kingdom from the three ruling houses, Ginuwa, Erejuwa and Ogiame, will choose among themselves who should take the throne. The lot fell on Prince Ikenwole Emiko and he is generally accepted by the Itsekiri nation.

According to the National Mirror,

“A total of 17 canon rounds were fired to traditionally announce the death of the Olu.

At about 12:16, the Olu designate, also refers to Om’ Oba, was presented to the Itsekiri nation by the Chief Priest. The announcement was greeted with great jubilation from the people.

Following the announcement of Olu’s death, a 90-day mourning period has been declared.

Addressing journalists after the ceremony, Chief Pessu said the mourning period forbids Itsekiri’s sons and daughters worldwide from every form of celebration including burial activities until the burial rites for the demise monarch were completed.

He disclosed that new Itsekiri Monarch would officially be crowned before the end mourning period.”

Congrats to the new King.

30 Comments

  1. Asake

    September 20, 2015 at 7:04 am

    BN, please try to go an extra mile when reporting news. I had to visit another site to understand why his son wasnt considered for the throne. Also why is the new monarch a designate – is he an adele? I think you can also compare their speed to that of Ife.. I am proud of the Warri people…

    • Sexy crayfish

      September 20, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Please share the reason why the son wasn’t considered. Thnks.

    • Anon

      September 20, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Culled from Punch – On the selection process, Mr. Edward Ekpoko said the choice of Emiko as Olu designate was as a result of non-qualification of the first son of the late monarch, Prince Shola. This, he said, was largely due to the fact that his mother was neither from Itsekiri nor Edo.

      It was gathered that Itsekiri tradition is clear on who becomes the Olu of Warri, which lucidly states that the person’s mother must be either an Itsekiri or from Benin Kingdom before he can be chosen.

    • Asake

      September 20, 2015 at 9:58 am

      It was gathered that Itsekiri tradition is clear on who becomes the Olu of Warri, which lucidly states that the person’s mother must be either an Itsekiri or from Benin Kingdom before he can be chosen.” Punch newspaper

    • Iris

      September 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Lol i was also curious so i went to Google to do tatafo. According to Vanguard, for the son to succeed the father, the mother of the son must be from Itsekiri or Benin ‘by birth, origin’ (that’s exactly how it was phrased. I’m not sure if they’re saying she must be either born there or be from there or both). I guess the Olu must have married from ‘outside’ which I totally love by the way.
      Oya drop 2k for my work.

    • Nerve

      September 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Ife own na cash and carry.

    • richard Oritsemone

      September 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      That is not true, itsekiri tradition doesn’t work like that. Who told you a king’s successor must be born while the king is on the throne?

    • tola

      September 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Keep quiet jor which 2010. Publication over rules what?go and sit down abeg

    • tola

      September 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      U Richard don’t know what you are saying,publication ko publication ni.why didn’t they use publication to make d new king.

    • tola

      September 21, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      U Richard don’t know what you are saying,publication ko publication ni.why didn’t they use publication to make d new king abeg just hold it

  2. Gistyinka Blog

    September 20, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Congrats to him, but some time tradition is very interesting.

    • jide

      September 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

      True. I like how they reached a decision rather swiftly. I bet the Ife people are busy collecting bribes and fighting each other with juju in the background dragging the whole thing out unnecessarily. How hard is It to name a new Oooni?

    • Author Unknown

      September 20, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      You have to compare apples with apples Jide. From the explanation, the Itsekiri clearly have a more straightforward succession order. However, their succession formula, straightforward as it may sound, is one that is bound to cause wahala down the road. So, when the new Olu passes, his qualifying son takes over, and it goes on? Wait till the prospects at that time shout foul over a decision that was made today.

  3. Fifi

    September 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Tshola is not the first son though

    • Hian

      September 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Hmmmmm!
      Pls do tell who is the first son
      I’m a relative and I could have sworn he’s the first son oh

    • gabi

      September 20, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      How is Tshola not d first son?r u serious?pls who is d first son

  4. jide

    September 20, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Lmao. The gods are not to blame, yet again. I love the unforesable surprises in these traditions. Tsolla must be furious considering he didn’t know till now that he wasn’t eligible to become the next Olu of Warri. We need some of these details on wikipedia so we don’t lose history shha. Quite fascinating.

  5. tish

    September 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    On one hand, they say indigenes are forbidden from any form of celebration even burials, on the other hand, the monarch is to be crowned before the end of the period. Isn’t that some form of celebration?

  6. glowy

    September 20, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    @itsekiri where are u on dis post ooo tot u said someone from d iteye family was gonna be king.other people also said it so how come another emiko is king?i don’t understand,are there not other princes from other ruling houses?

  7. Ebere

    September 20, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Congrats to the new king but @BellaNaija, stop giving LAZY NEWS and stop redirecting us to other pages, if you are not going to give a complete story, i would rather you not give it at all…..

  8. Anonymous

    September 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    That’s why they hurriedly married tsola off to ivie but you can’t bribe the gods (conspiracy theory?). Atuwase’s olori is yoruba.
    And tsola isn’t the abiloye, he has an egusa whose mother is urhobo.
    Ehen where that iteye descendant that was hoping for a rotation? Hahahaha

  9. glowy

    September 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Pls don’t say egusa just say Brother.He has a brother by an urhobo woman

  10. Lilo

    September 20, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Nollywood movie producers , don’t let this original script waste. This is the kind of stuff you need to bring to the big screen . Not the overdone romantic crap with which you inundate us

  11. Itsekirigirl

    September 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Dear BN, this statement is incorrect-“the successor is typically the first son of the reigning Olu’
    By tradition, the successor should be the First Son born to the Olu AFTER he ascends the throne PROVIDED the son is born of a mother who is either Itsekiri or from Benin. Prince Tsola’s mother is not. Thus, he does not qualify. So based on tradition, the throne has passed to the next eligible person-the brother of the late Olu of Warri.

  12. tola

    September 21, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Pls even if tsholas mum was itsekiri or edo he won’t have still qualified bcos Tsola wasn’t born wen his father ascended d throne.he was born before he ascended.the late olu also has a son which he had after ascension but his mother is urhobo

    • richard Oritsemone

      September 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      That is not true, itsekiri tradition doesn’t work like that. Who told you a king’s successor must be born while the king is on the throne?

  13. tola

    September 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Dis new olu is d rightful person dat shud have been king because he was born after their father ascended the throne.his mandate was taken from him by his elder brother we all know the story.28yrs later the rightful thing is done which was meant to have been done years ago

  14. tola

    September 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Dis new olu is d rightful person dat shud have been king because he was born after their father ascended the throne.his mandate was taken from him by his elder brother we all know the story.28yrs later the rightful thing is done which was meant to have been since

  15. richard Oritsemone

    September 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Why are people who doesn’t know the itsekiri kingdom monarchy making unguided statements here?
    2010 there was a publication made by the King in 2010 that over rules that of 1979, so i see no reason why people can’t let that sink. The king has the final say in the kingdom, that is why he is most reverenced.

  16. Anonymous

    August 25, 2021 at 8:00 am

    “for the son to succeed the father, the mother of the son must be from Itsekiri or Benin ‘by birth, origin’”

    Quick question, did his mother’s origin change between 2015 and 2021? Or the above tradition is abolished?

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