Olu of Warri launches Royal Iwere Society as Iyatsere team emerges Ball Paint winner


The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, was on Thursday entertained by the melodious classic songs rendered by the Royal Iwere Choir as part of activities to mark his one-year anniversary on the exalted throne of his forefathers.

This is the first time the Royal Iwere musical group, as put together, would perform before the Warri king at the anniversary.

They put up a spectacular performance to the admiration of the people.

Ogiame blessed them, saying: “You will Perform in Lagos; You will Perform in Abuja; you will grace the continent of Africa and you will be heard in Europe, America and the rest of the world.”

The monarch also urged the people of the Kingdom who have documented work or publications that reflected the origin, culture, tradition, challenges and prospects of Itsekiri people to come up with such for proper preservation at the Royal Iwere Society.

While emphasizing on the values of honour, loyalty and respect, Ogiame also indicated  his interest to chair the Royal Iwere Society and noted that it would be the hub where the Itsekiri society could evolve.

Meanwhile, the 1st Coronation Anniversary of the 21st Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse 111 continued on Thursday with team Johnson Amatserunleghe (Iyatsere of Warri kingdom) emerging winner of the Paint Ball competition.

The Paint Ball competition was part of the numerous programmes lined up to mark the 1st Coronation Anniversary of the king.

The game was organized among some of the chiefs in the palace.

Team Amatserunleghe defeated team Eyitemi Diden to lift the trophy in the keenly contested game played at the Palace ground of the Olu of Warri.

The game was segmented into two groups: Teams Chief Johnson Amatserunleghe tackled Team Chief Koffi Kartey at the first stage while Team Chief Francis Omatseye entertained Team Chief Eyitemi Diden also at the first stage.

While Team Amatserunleghe defeated Team Kartey, Team Diden thrashed Team Omatseye.

At the final stage, Team Diden conceded defeat to Team Amatserunleghe.

The king was flanked by his wife, Queen (Olori Atuwatse 111), palace chiefs and hundreds of Itsekiri sons and daughters who gathered at the palace to watch the game.

Cultural dance by the Omadino Community also added glamour to the competition.

Responding, Ogiame Atuwatse 111 said: “I am happy to see a successful competition by our royal chiefs.”

Ogiame also took the opportunity to attend the Iwere Music Concert where he unveiled Royal Iwere Society.

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