Born Again King: Olu Of Warri Bows To His People.....

Published On: September 10, 2013, 9:27 pm
Author: Tony Ladipo
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Born Again King: Olu Of Warri Bows To His People.....


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September 10, 2013


The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II, has finally bowed to his people who insisted that he could not renounce his “Ogiame” traditional title because of his Christian faith.

The entire Itsekiri nation, represented by thousands of men, women and youths this morning marched through the streets adjoining his palace in Warri in protest against the monarch’s decision to renounce his “Ogiame” traditional title.

The protesters defied the early morning rain to express their displeasure over the monarch’s new-found Christian faith which led to his renouncing the title.

Some of them had insisted that the monarch will have to abdicate his throne if he insisted on renouncing the Ogiame title.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, himself an Itsekiri, had to appeal to the aggrieved Itsekiris to sheathe their swords and engage in dialogue to resolve the impasse.

Uduaghan in a press statement, said he had to cut short his official engagement in Abuja to meet with the palace chiefs.

Scores of masquerades were also mobilized to add bite to the protest, just as women were mobilized to cook for the protesters beside the palace of the king.

But after the palace chiefs met with the king, he agreed to retain the Ogiame title, which means “King of all Water gods and goddesses.”

It was the title the Olu chose to be known by when he was crowned Olu of Warri in the 80s.
The monarch had renounced the title in a press statement he issued on 4 September, on the ground that he has embraced Christianity and has been born again.

The decision did not go down well with the Itsekiri people, saying that the decision was a slight on their tradition.
This morning’s mass protest was seen as the climax of their disdain for the monarch whom they once revered as second only to Almighty God in the Itsekiri nation.

One of the palace chiefs, Chief Omatseye, who spoke at the protest rally, said the Olu will either renounce his new found faith or quit the throne, saying that religion and tradition do not mix.

Also, one of the women protesters who identified herself as Omadina, said the Olu would be ungrateful to the Itsekiri nation if he decided to throw away the title.
She said the Itsekiri nation will “never be intimidated by his so-called new-found faith.”

They had vowed never to leave the palace grounds until the monarch renounced his new faith. Security operatives from 61, Nigerian Air force, Nigerian Police and others were on hand to ensure security of lives and property during the peaceful protest.




-- papadip (m) at 10-09-2013 09:28PM
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I am wondering if some of these protesters are Christians?
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-- zoe61 (f) at 11-09-2013 03:16PM
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terrible, i feel sorry for the king
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-- gikitare (m) at 11-09-2013 04:27PM
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I am proud to associate with Itsekiri Culture. Black People should stop declaring themselves to be second class to whites.
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-- proly (f) at 11-09-2013 05:23PM
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kk
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-- malamy (m) at 11-09-2013 06:11PM
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See matter!
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-- 2bify (m) at 11-09-2013 08:48PM
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OHH IM TRYING TO LOVE ITSEKIRI PEOPLE DE MORE, WHY SHOILD THE KING THINK OF DOING AWAY WITH HIS TITTLE YET WANTS TO RULE THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE TRADITION?
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-- etibaba (m) at 11-09-2013 11:33PM
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Noted.

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-- BlueIxora (f) at 11-09-2013 11:44PM
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Cool
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-- MayorKingz (m) at 12-09-2013 12:14AM
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"Born Again King", wetin dey 4 church mata no be small tin. It's either your Kingdom on earth or Kingdom after earth(if you're truly "born again")
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-- micc (m) at 12-09-2013 06:42AM
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The king failed his faith.
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-- enyiekere (m) at 12-09-2013 08:05AM
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 i don't believe he was born again in the first place, he only heard the Word but fail on the thorn:'(
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-- PeacetoU (f) at 12-09-2013 09:51AM
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He didn't know what he believes in
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-- Senegal (m) at 12-09-2013 11:16PM
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OK
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-- PoliticxGuru (m) at 25-08-2015 06:03PM
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Good luck
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