New Olu of Warri, Ogiamen Auwatse II risks dethronement for infringement, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
Ufuoma Bernard in this piece on ENigeria Newspaper iterates “the reason I raised alarm over the behaviour of the new Olu of Warri is to avoid the mistake of his father Atuwatse II.
Eight years ago Ogiamen Atuwatse II shocked the public when he woke up one day and denounced his royal name “Ogiamen” which he chose for himself at his coronation as the 19th Olu of Warri in 1987.
As if that was not enough injury done to the Itshekiris, the king went further to say that he was now “bornagain” as he had accepted the old Jesus Christ of Nazareth as his personal Lord and Saviour hence his decision to dump his “fetish” royal name which translated means, “King of all sea gods and goddesses.”
Atuwatse II said: “I solemnly confess and testify that there is only One God… and as a priest in the Order of Melchizedek, I use the authority, name and power of the Blood of Jesus to destroy all ancient and new altars in Iwere land not raised up to the Lord by the laws governing the new covenant of life in Christ.”
This embarrassing declaration of the monarch was angrily rejected by the Itshekiris, calling for him to retain his royal name and desist from further degradation of their traditions or vacate the throne… And the people won.
The Olu, still rooted in evangelical Christianity, however rescinded his decision to denounce his name but avoided performing periodic rituals to the gods of the land and his ancestors and instead dedicated himself fully to the activities of the Foursquare Church.
With the enthronement of his son as Olu of Warri, who himself seems to be a chip of the old block, one can easily see another repudiation of fundamental Itshekiri traditional beliefs coming considering how he burst into Pentecostal songs immediately after he was crowned. If he is such a gifted singer couldn’t he have sang Ishekiri folk songs?
When a deity becomes arrogant it will be shown the wood it was carved from. The Olu of Warri is enthroned to serve Iwere land and he should enshrine the culture and traditions of the Itshekiris in everything he does or he risks being dethroned. The king is nothing without the people. The king must carry the people along in the culture and traditions of Iwere land.
ENigeria Newspaper reported earlier that the coronation of the new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III was a remarkable one, giving a number of challenges that hit him prior to his coronation on Saturday August 21, 2021 in Warri. READ IT HERE