Following the announcement of the death of Ogiame Ikenwoli, the 20th Olu Of Warri, Delta State, reported to have died in December 2020 from COVID-19 complications, just a week after his fifth Coronation anniversary, a new Olu of Warri has been announced by a Palace official, Johnson Atserunreleghe.
Olu of Warri-designate is Prince Utieyinoritsetsola, (Tsola) Emiko.
The 37 years old was born on 2nd April, 1984 to Godwin Toritseju Emiko, the Ogiame Atuwatse II the Olu of Warri (prior to his ascending the throne) and Olori Gladys Durorike Emiko, in Warri, Nigeria.
According to a statement credited to Jefferson Uwoghiren, Tsola got his basic education from NNPC Primary school in Warri and attended secondary school at Adesoye College, Offa, Kwara State during the period 1995 to 2001.
Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko got admitted to Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA where he bagged his Bachelors of Arts majoring in International Studies & Political Science, while minoring in History & Economics during the period 2002 to 2006.
“This is not the end to his educational background, to attain a top position in his field, he took it further to earn a Master’s of Science in Management, from Case Western Reserve University in 2007, Uwoghiren said.
“Putting his knowledge gained during the past years, he returned back to Nigeria for NYSC in 2008 where he served in the Public Affairs Department of National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS.
“Between 2009 – 2010 he worked as an officer as Shell Nigeria Closed Pension Fund Administrator, SNCFPA, and Govt Relations, Sahara Energy, 2010-2012.
“Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, a serial entrepreneur is the founder of NobleNigerian Ltd and Coral Curator Ltd. He is a Director, Ocean Marine Security Ltd and Directors, Gulf of Guinea Ltd and Vessellink Nig Ltd.
“Prince Tsola Emiko is a loving and caring husband to Mrs. Ivie Uhunoma Emiko and an inspiring father to Oritsetsemiaye, Oritsetemisan and Oritsetimeyin Emiko.
“Prince Tsola, a goal getter, loves traveling, hiking, swimming, kayaking, football, basketball & American Football. He is keen follower of history & enjoys movies. He is a follower of Christ and a nation builder.
Recall that the death of the 20th Olu Of Warri, was denied by the palace saying the monarch was indisposed and receiving medical care.
Announcing the monarch’s passage on Monday, Atserunreleghe, a palace official, said the town will go into a period of mourning.
A report by BBC, said the palace official added that there shall be no celebrations in the town for a period of three months while mourning lasts.