Olu-designate, Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, on Monday, proceeded on 90-day compulsory isolation that will culminate in his installation, just as the funeral rites commenced for the departed Olu of Warri, Ogiame, Ikenwoli.
The 90-day compulsory seclusion, Idaneken, is part of the pre-coronation traditional rites for the Olu-designate.
A source close to the palace explained that within this period the Omoba would undergo “serious tutelage of Itsekiri customs, ethics and ethos,” that will prepare him for the kingship.
Prince Emiko, 37, was unveiled as the 21st Olu-designate, following the announcement of the passing of Ogiame Ikenwoli, the 20th Olu of Warri.
Emiko is the son of Ogiame Atuwaste ll, the 19th monarch of the Itsekiri people.
The coming three months will see the Itsekiri kingdom under the leadership of the Olori-Ebi (regent), a position currently occupied by Prince Emmanuel Okotie-Eboh, in the absence of an Olu.
The Olu-designate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master’s degree in Management.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Warri South council area, Dr. Michael Tidi, has expressed grief over the passing of Ogiame Ikenwoli.
The council boss described the deceased traditional ruler as “a distinguished Itsekiri numero uno, an accomplished Nigerian, a seasoned administrator, quintessential unifier,” in Facebook post, Monday night.
Noting that the royal father will be deeply missed, he stated that the people of the council area are consoled by the fact that “another great son of the great Warri Kingdom, Omoba Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, who is already showing manifest quintessential attributes of his forefathers, will step into the regal big shoes”.