Oba of Benin enjoins Itsekiri kingmakers to preserve culture

The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has enjoined  Itsekiri king makers to strictly adhere to their tradition and customs during the coronation of the new Olu of Warri, Tsola Emiko.

He spoke late Thursday when the Uwangue of Warri, Chief Gabriel Awala, led a delegation to his palace in Benin to formally inform him of the coronation of the new Olu, scheduled for Saturday.

Oba Ewuare II said that the adequate observance of ancient traditions and customs of the land would preserve the cultural heritage of the Itsekiri nation.

He assured the delegation of his support for the Olu-designate, insisting that the “cultural and traditional ties between Warri and Benin kingdoms would be strengthened”.

The Benin monarch promised that a high-powered delegation would be sent from his palace to the coronation of the new Olu.

Earlier, Awala informed the Benin monarch that they had come to formally inform him of the crowning of the new Olu.

He described the relationship between Warri and Benin as cordial and that the Benin monarch would continue to be a father to all.

NAN reports that history has it that it was a prince from the Benin palace that became the first Olu of Warri.