HRM Ogiame Atuwatse III
The new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has bestowed new titles on his mother and wife following his coronation as the 21st ruler of the Warri Kingdom.
His mother shall be called Iyeolu Atuwatse III while his wife be referred to as Olori Atuwatse III.
In his official speech as the Olu of Warri on Saturday, he celebrated his mother and wife as the two most important women in his life and bestowed on them new titles to depict their new offices.
He also stated that in his reign, the opinion of women will be sought and they would no longer be invisible.
The Olu of Warri said, “I want to begin by formally honouring the two most important women in my life today. Interestingly enough, as God has ordained, one is a beautiful young lady of Edo heritage and the other is a gracious woman of Yoruba heritage.
“One addresses the past while the other addresses the present, as well as the future.”
He added, “By the special grace of God, I am the first Olu, in well over two centuries, whose mother is alive and well to witness him sit on the throne.
Honouring his mother, the Olu said, “Where we have unofficially addressed the mother of the Olu as Iyeolu simply because she happens to be his mother. I hereby officially and formally bestow the honor on my mother. You shall no longer be referred to as Olori Atuwatse II, but Iyeolu Atuwatse III.”
In honour of his wife, the Olu decreed, “To my beautiful, loving, and supportive wife, I hereby officially and formally bestow the honour upon you, you shall no longer be referred to as Princess Ivie Emiko, but as Olori Atuwatse III.”