The new Olu of Warri, Omoba Tsola Emiko has been crowned the Ogiame Atuwatse III at a festive ceremony in Ode-Itsekiri on Saturday, August 21, 2021.
This was following his completion of the traditional 90 days Isolation period (Idaniken).
The new Olu of Warri 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.
Omoba Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, shortened, Omoba Tsola Emiko, is one of the sons of the 19th Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Atuwase II who reigned 28 years, precisely from 1987 to 2015.
The Itsekiri kingship stool had often revolved around the monarchical structure where the kingship naturally devolves to the son of a deceased monarch.
However, this was not the story after the passage of his father the late Atuwase II. It was gathered that several considerations came up and one of his Uncles, Ikenwoli Gbesimi Emiko was crowned the 20th Olu on December 12, 2015.
He too passed on barely two weeks after he celebrated the fifth anniversary of his coronation as Olu of Warri last year.
According to a report by Vanguard, Tsola Emiko, was nominated as successor to the throne by Ginuwa 1, Ruling House.
“The Ginuwa 1 Ruling House which has the exclusive powers to nominate a successor to the throne has been meeting in the last three months after the convocation of bonafide members of the House, to nominate a successor to the throne.
“In the end Prince Tsola Emiko was picked as the most qualified person to sit on the throne at this time”.