The colourful ceremony climaxed with the wearing of the exalted crown on the new Olu in line with the Itsekiri tradition by the Head (Olare-Aja) of Jakpa, Pa. Higson Jofotan Oporokun, who is from the respected Ologbotsere family of Warri Kingdom.
The Itsekiris have one of the most beautiful cultures in Nigeria. They are one of the ethnic groups in Delta State and their sole ruler is the Olu of Warri. The Ancient Kingdom is known as Iwerre! All Itsekiris recognise Ode-Itsekiri as their ancestral home. Itsekiris can be found in Warri, Sapele, Asaba, Port-Harcourt, Ondo and Lagos States. Their language is similar to Yoruba. Their culture is Edoid. Their food and dressing are akin to those of the Urhobos.
The array of eminent personalities who graced the historic event include All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the member representing Delta South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator James Manager, the member representing Isoko Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Leo Ogor, Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, representative of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Senator Abdullahi Girel, The Pere of Ogulagha Kingdom, Capt. Joseph Timiyan, Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr. Efeizomor, The Ovie of Uvwie, Abe 1, Ovie of Okpe –Isoko, Ekpolo II, The Obong of Calabar, representative of The Oba of Benin as well as prominent Itsekiri Chiefs, politicians and technocrats.
Entrance of the reconstructed Olu of Warri Palace in Ode-Itsekiri From Left: Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick (right) & others during the coronation of His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli Emiko 1, The Olu of Warri at Ode-Itsekiri, Warri south Local Government Area of Delta State