Warri Kingdom bustles with activities in the eventful days counting down to Saturday, 21st of August 2021, when Omoba Emiko Tsola, the Olu Designate, becomes the 21st Olu of the Warri Kingdom.
As the historical event draws near, eye-witnesses describe the intensive preparations in the city, all the way from the Warri Mainland right to the coronation site at Ode-Itsekiri Island.
There are exciting conversations regarding the attractive renovations, heavily-branded streets and exquisitely decorated edifices. Airport shuttles can be observed plying to and from fully-booked hotels that are packed with guests from near and far.
Coming off the heels of Prince Tsola Emiko recently completing his Idaniken Rite of Seclusion, indigenes are anticipating their 21st Olu. Locals and noblemen alike recognize the epoch-making nature of Saturdayâ€™s upcoming coronation and its statutory role towards generating harmony and unity both within Warri Kingdom and its immediate environs.
The Prime Regent of Warri Kingdom, Prince Emmanuel Okotiebo spoke enthusiastically of the good fortune set to accompany Omoba Emikoâ€™s coronation as the Olu of Warri.
â€œFrom that 21st upwards, it is a new beginning in Delta State and Itsekiri Land. More progress and love.â€
The schedule for the Royal Coronation Ceremony has been published following an announcement by the Warri Council of Kingmakers. Meanwhile, the central planning committee are working tirelessly to accommodate the high-calibre of guests set to grace the event.
Speaking on behalf of the Council of Chiefs, Dr Eugene Ikomi, the Secretary of Warri Council of Chiefs, gave an update regarding preparations for the coronation, stating that â€œA visit to the coronation site shows very clearly that we are on course. The amphitheater is almost complete and the city itself is agog with activities. Certainly, 21st of August, 2021 is sacrosanct.â€
Dating back to 1480, when the Kingdom was founded, Warri has had a diverse lineage of royals. A powerful new generation has now come of age, and Itsekiri indigenes strongly believe that Prince Emikoâ€™s reign heralds a new dawn.