Olu Designate, of the oil and gas rich Warri kingdom, Omoba Tsola Emiko yesterday ended his traditional 90 days Isolation period ( Idaniken) with a long procession through some roads in his kingdom, thus preparing him for his coronation today, Saturday as the 21st Olu of Warri. The city has been agog.
He was accompanied by thousands of Itsekiri sons and daughters on the procession.
Shouts of “ May your reign be fruitful”, May your reign take the kingdom to greater heights”, “ May your reign bring greater glory to Warri kingdom and the Niger Delta” were loud as the procession continued.
It will be recalled that the Olu Designate, Omoba Emiko proceeded into the traditional Isolation period in May , shortly after rites of passage for the late monarch, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, held at the Royal cemetery in Jalla, Warri South Local Government Area.
ATTENDS A PRAISE AND WORSHIP EVENT
He later, in company of his wife and some family members, attended a Praise and Worship session (one of the programmes lined up before the coronation) at the Warri Boatyard close to the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, on Warri-Sapele Road, Warri south local government.
His wife, Mrs Emiko , Mother Inlaw, Mrs Evelyn Okunbo were among relatives who came with him for the Praise and Worship programme.
Some notable gospel musicians were on ground to minister in songs. The Olu Designate and his wife stood up to dance to some of the gospel songs rendered in Itsekiri
Prayers were offered for Itsekiri nation, Niger Delta and Nigeria.
There was heavy security presence around the venue of the event. The coronation programme will hold today, beginning with a Boat Regatta on the Warri River.
He will later head to Ode Itsekiri, ancestral home of Itsekiri nation for the coronation proper.
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