Facts have emerged on how the new Olu of Warri, Tsola Emiko arrived at the title, Atuwatse III, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
It is essential that before an Omoba the Olu designate ascends the immaculate and historic throne of his FOREFATHERS, he must choose from among the names and titles of the prior Olus who have reigned over the illustrious Kingdom from 1480 ENigeria Newspaper understands.
To select the sword of his choosing, the Omoba would be totally blinded with a white cloth to ensure that he does not see anything. He will next advance to where the entire swords with the names of the previous Olus have been laid, as depicted in the case of Omoba Tsola Emiko.
The Olu designate will have to choose the sword on his own, with no help or oversight from mortals.
Immediately after he is crowned as the Olu of Warri, whatever sword he chooses becomes the traditional title and moniker by which he will be addressed.
His Imperial Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse iii, the Olu of Warri, performed this significant traditional process by picking the sword of ATUWATSE while staying blindfolded and unsupported. Olu Don Domingo, whose mother was a Portuguese woman, was Atuwatse 1; in 1987, the current Olus biological father took up the same sword and became Atuwatse ii; and today, the current Olu is Atuwatse iii. His Imperial Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse iii chose the same sword, giving him the moniker of Atuwatse iii.
With this result, the name “ATUWATSE” has become the highest sword chosen by any Olu in Itsekiri history, as well as the name chosen by an Olu whose biological father had already done so.
On Saturday, August 21, Omoba Tsola Emiko was crowned the 21st Olu of Warri at an elaborate ceremony held at Ode-Itsekiri in Warri.
His emergence was considered remarkable giving the myriads of challenges that almost marred the event as reported by ENigeria Newspaper report.