A kingdom of one
We From East to West,North to South, Warri Kingdom remains one of the oldest,strongest and the most revered kingdoms in Africa with the itsekiri people,being the first to made contacts with the European merchants in West Africa.
Apart from our rich history and cultural heritage, we are of immense value to the Nigerian economy. We produce about 28% of the total oil and gas in the country. Ask for us by name #WEAREITSEKIRI
A Kingdom on The Move
Full of Firsts
- Saint Anthony. – The first-ever church monastery built in what today is Nigeria was erected in Big Warri (Ode-ltsekiri) before 1700.
- Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh – The first Minister of Finance in Nigeria –
- Professor Grace Alele Williams – The First female Vice chancellor in Nigeria –
- The first King to be a graduate – Olu Atuwatse I (Don Domingos)
- Tuedon Omatsola Morgan – The first Nigerian to ever step foot on the North Pole and run a marathon at the North Pole
- The first Nigerian in space and in the international space station
- The first female president of the Federal Republic of Nigerian
- The first Nigerian CEO of a fortune 500 company
- The first Nigerian to be appointed a secretary General of the United Nations Organisation
- The first Nigerian to ascent and get to the peak of mount Everest
- The first Nigerian Governor of a major city in the United States of America
From Generation to Generation
Ogiame Erejuwa II
He was the Olu of Warri from 1951 to 1964 and from 1966 to 1987. He was the 18th Olu of Warri Kingdom with the title Ogiame Erejuwa II. He succeeded his father Ginuwa II as Olu. Ginuwa II was a great grandson of Olu Akengbuwa the last Olu who died in 1848, he was crowned in 1936 after an interregnum that lasted 88 years when Warri’s political leadership was dominated by merchant princes Learn More
Ogiame Atuwatse II
Olu Atuwatse II was a Nigerian traditional title holder and paramount leader of the Itsekiri who was Olu of Warri from 1987 to 2015. He was the 19th Olu of Warri Kingdom with the title Ogiame Atuwatse II. He was born Godwin Toritseju Emiko. He succeeded his father Erejuwa II as the Olu of Warri. He was a lawyer by profession and was a recipient of the Commander of the Niger (CON) award from the Nigerian Government. He passed away in 2015. Learn More
HM Ogiame Ikenwoli
Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko born (19 March 1955) to Ogiame Erejuwa II (1951–1986) and Olori Eyinagboluwade Emiko is the 20th Olu of Warri. He succeeded his elder brother Ogiame Atuwatse II who died in March 2015. He was crowned Ogiame Ikenwoli on the 12th of December 2015 at Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of the Itsekiri people Learn More
A KINGDOM STANDS TALL
unique group of people who put God first in all they do. Welcome to the itsekiri side of life
Long Live The Olu Designate
OVER FIVE CENTURIES
From Ginuwa to Irame, Erejuwa to Ikenwoli, our great kings have taken warri kingdom to greater heights. With our great people,and cultural heritage fully intact, we have become greater, bigger and stronger every day
A NATION OF GREAT PEOPLE
Right from time, the Itsekiri were among the first in the region to make contact with Portuguese traders. The Itsekiri are a minority ethnic group in Niger-Delta but they were well-respected by the Europeans that met them during the pre-colonial and the colonial era. Dapper in 1668 had described the Itsekiri as being in many ways clever (Roth H. Ling. Great Benin). Captain Leonard described the lsekiri thus: ‘on the Warri and Benin rivers we find the ltsekiri middle men who are not only the most intelligent and tractable but quite the best mannered of all the tribes in the lower Niger’ (southern Nigeria) (Captain Leonard 1906).
wE ARE iTSEKIRIS
The promotion of people, history, tradition and cultural heritage is fully engraved in our DNA and we are taking warri kingdom to the next level of greatness. Ask for us by name.
The Pearl Of The Niger Delta