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Five things to Know About Olu of Warri Designate Prince Tsola Emiko



The death of the Olu of Warri, HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli, was officially pronounced in Itsekiri kingdom and now an Olu of Warri designate has been chosen. He is Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, son of Prince Godwin Toritseju Emiko, the late Ogiame Ikenwoli Atuwatse 11.

Chief Atserunleghe told the people of Itsekiri to be in mourning for the next three months. According to The Guardian, before the burial rites were completed, during which he formally pronounced Ogiame Ikenwoli’s death on the floor by shattering three native earthen pots containing white native chalks.

“There shall be no merrymaking of any kind anywhere in Iwere land. All Itsekiri sons and daughters must tie their wrappers upside down during the duration,” Atserunleghe said.

Prince Emiko will be the 21st Olu of Warri, crowned after a 90-day seclusion period in which he would be educated on Itsekiri culture and custom, as well as kingship protocols.

According to The Guardian, here are five details about the newly appointed Olu of Warri.

  • He was born in Warri, Delta State, on April 2, 1984, to Prince Godwin Toritseju Emiko, the late Ogiame Ikenwoli Atuwatse II, and Gladys Durorike Emiko.
  • Between 1995 and 2001, he attended Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Primary School and Adesoye College in Offa, Kwara State.
  • Between 2002 and 2006, Prince Emiko attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science with minors in History and Economics.
  • He obtained a degree in a Masters in Science in Management from Case Western Reserve University in 2007 before returning to Nigeria for his NYSC in 2008, where he worked in the Public Affairs Department of the National Petroleum Investment Management Service (NAPIMS), among other private sector and entrepreneurship experiences.
  • In 2014, he married Ivie Okunbo, the daughter of billionaire Capt. Idahosa Okunbor, in a lavish wedding ceremony. See photos from their wedding here and here. The union is blessed with children.

Photo Credit: Tsola Emiko |Gazmadu| Ivie Emiko


  1. James

    April 6, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    I think he deserves the post..
    Welcome bro

  2. Jasper

    April 6, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Congratulations,may God guide you…

  3. okoro grace chinyere

    April 23, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Congratulations to an astute young man,vibrant&transquility.May God give him the wisdom&understanding of solomon.Congratulations to itsekiri tribe&descendant of oduduwa.

  4. Allison Jeffrey

    July 11, 2021 at 8:53 am

    He is the son of the late Atuwatse 11, not Ikenwoli Atuwatse 11. Ikenwoli and Atuwatse are two different kings. Ogiame Atuwatse 11 is the father of Prince Tsola, while Ogiame Ikenwoli is the one who had just passed on and buried.

  5. oloyede

    August 18, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    May the Lord guide and protect you bro.
    long live !!!!

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