Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Iwere Women Prayer Network organises Prayer retreat, prays for God's intervention on the Land

Iwere Women Prayer Network organises Prayer retreat, prays for God's intervention on the Land

 L-R: Lady Bishop Regina Otone, Rev. Blaise Aboyowa Adedeji, Pst. Mrs. Juliet Olley & Mrs. Patience Amatserunleghe(Wife of Iyatsere of Warri kingdom)


Iwere Women Prayer Network organises Prayer retreat, prays for God's intervention on the Land

Itsekiri women under the aegis of Iwere Women Prayer Network held a one day prayer retreat on Wednesday October 27, 2021 at the Palace of the Olu of Warri(Aghogen) for God to intervene  and heal the land.

The one day prayer retreat with the theme, "Breaking ungodly foundation" had in attendance wives of the Chiefs and other prominent women in Warri kingdom.

Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Caroline Ajujah(2nd L-R), Pst. Mrs. Juliet Olley(3rd, L-R), Mrs. Emma Ejutse(Extreme right) & other prominent Iwere women

In her brief remark, the Coordinator of the programme, Pastor (Mrs.) Juliet Olley said that Olori Atuwatse III was the facilitator of the programme and has sent her love and prayers to all the women for creating the time to pray for Warri kingdom. 

Iwere women interceding for the land

Pastor Juliet Olley further stated that the main purpose of the retreat is to call on God's intervention in the land "We are here as mothers and sisters to cry out to God Almighty to heal our land and for God to protect our king, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri and his family",
Group photograph of Chiefs wives present at the retreat

In his thought provoking sermon,  Rev. Blaise Aboyowa Adedeji, General Overseer of the Golden Life Ministry  who took his sermon from the book of Nehemiah chapter 4 verse 11 averred that, the mission of the king is to rejuvenate Warri kingdom.
      Iwere Women Prayer Network 

Other dignitaries present are Mrs. Patience Amatserunleghe, wife of the Iyatsere of Warri kingdom, Mrs. Daniel Mayuku, Mrs. Tina Otumara, and Mrs. Emma Ejutse.



                   Mr. Henry Beede

The 6th Anniversary of Henry Beede’s Foundation with the topic “The Role of Youth in Nigeria Beyond Oil” comes up tomorrow Thursday October 28, 2021 at Warri Club and the time is 10am prompt.  

In a chat with the founder of the Foundation, Mr. Henry Beede stated that the 6th Anniversary of the Foundation which will be held in collaboration with Shola Mese foundation will feature drama presentation by Salvation Drama Group of Unity Baptist Church, Warri and other side activities.

He appealed to all Youths in Warri and its environs to attend the event as they stand to benefit from the programme.   


Monday, October 18, 2021




After a thorough review of all the latest happenings in Warri kingdom, vis-a-vis the renewed trend of sacrilege and anagonism against the prestigious throne of Warri Kingdom by some unscrupulous elements, the Leadership of Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC) led by Comrade Weyinmi  Isaac Agbateyiniro in a well attended meeting held on Saturday October 16, 2021 with all  Youth Presidents of all Itsekiri's indegenous communities from both Delta and Edo States as well as Media influencers, the following resolutions were reached and agreed to be issued out to the public after a motion was moved by Comrade Henry Olley, Youth President of Gbokoda Community and Seconded by Comrade Abraham Oporu, Youth President of Orere Uluba Community in Warri South Local Government Area in this regard.

1. it is uncustomary, untraditional, uncultural and unafrican for any Itsekiri no matter how highly placed to be seen or heard discrediting the throne by whatever means. Accordingly, it was resolved that all the youth Executives of all Itsekiri Communities should immediately put machineries in place to resist a repetition of such and where such had existed, redress them.

2. That  since you cannot force a willing employee on an unwilling employer, the proclamation of Ogiame Atuwatse III on the 5th of October, 2021 wherein the now former Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom was derobed, remains sacrosanct. The Olu of Warri by all Itsekiri customary and traditional requirements reserves the exclusive  possessive rights of all chieftaincy titles in Warri kingdom. Accordingly, it is his exclusive perogative to give, take, suspend, reinstate derobes, affirm and re-affirm. No one contend same with him.                
Afomasin!!! Ogbowuru!!! Ekun!!!          We forthwith call on all Itsekiri sons and daughters, old and young, far and near to treat the proclamation with all the seriousness it deserves.

3. All Itsekiri Communities and various Organs of Itsekiri National Youth Council have been accordingly directed to put relevant  machineries in place to uphold same and invoke conconmitant disciplinary measures on any erring sons and daughters of Warri kingdom.

4. That this  August meeting view with consternation the deployment of various social media tools by some unscrupulous sons and daughters of Warri kingdom to undermine the corporate prestige of the throne and accordingly, request forthwith that all parents and guidians should call their wards to order as it will no longer be fashionable in the days ahead to feign ignorance of these actions and inactions of our wards  only to jump in later and ask for forgiveness. 

5. The meeting also resolved that any further disrespect to the throne shall be considered as an affront against the entire  Itsekiri people and shall be meted with the stiffest resistance.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Rotarian Temisanren fulfills Installation Promises, Commissions Antenatal Building Project

Rotarian Temisanren fulfills Installation Promises, Commissions Antenatal Building Project

President of Rotary club Ubeji, Rotarian Patricia Temisanren giving her opening remark


By Tetsoma Neyin

Barely three months in office as President of Rotary Club Ubeji, Rotarian Patricia Temisanren has fulfilled one of her promises made during her installation ceremony of building and equipping a relaxation hall for pregnant women and nursing mothers who comes to Ubeji Health Care Centre for treatment.

The commissioning of the building project took place at the early hours of today Friday October 15, 2021 at the Ubeji Community Health Care Centre, Warri with lots of high profile Rotarians in attendance.

L-R, Rtn Shola Teri, DG Andy Uwejeyan, Hon. Michael Tidi, Rtn Patricia Temisanren & Hon. Griftson Omatsuli

In her opening remarks, President of Rotary Club Ubeji, Rotarian Patricia Temisanren(PHF) who was overjoyed for a well accomplished project, said that the building project was borne as a result to right a wrong and meeting the needs of people which is the bedrock of Rotary club.

The outspoken President stressed further that the project was achieved through the collective efforts and supports from well-meaning Rotarians and friends of the club who shared in her dreams and believe to contribute to humanity.

Group photograph of high profile Personalities present at the ceremony

Chairman of the occasion, District Governor, D9141, Andy Uwejeyan in his speech lauded the outstanding achievement of Rotarian Patricia in her short time in office, adding that her name as well as her club will be written in gold for touching lives positively.

DG Uwejeyan who noted further that today is a significant day for Rotary club worldwide, appreciated everyone who supported the project especially the Chairman of Warri South LGA, Hon. Michael Tidi Ph.D for his immense contribution towards the success of the project.

DG  Uwejeyan also called on other clubs resident in Ubeji and environs to follow the good steps of Rotary club Ubeji by giving back to the society.

Speaking in a similar vein, the Executive Chairman of Warri South LGA, Hon. Michael Tidi Ph.D, who expressed his gratitude to God Almighty, members of Rotary club Ubeji and other donors for their outstanding supports, averred that the project was a dream come true for him.

The Warri South Council Boss further appealed to DG Uwajeyan and members of Rotary club Ubeji to also extend their good deeds to the already completed Health Care Centre in Omadino Community but yet to be equipped for take-off.

Responding to the request of the Warri South Council Chairman, the DG again commended the giant strides of the Council Boss as well as made some monetary donations to that effect while also giving Rotarian Temisanren other ways of soliciting support from Rotary club International. 

Commissioner representing Itsekiri ethnic nationality in DESOPADEC, Hon. Griftson Omatsuli who is also a Rotarian and donor to the project through its Commission promised to work together with the Warri South Chairman and the President of Rotary club Ubeji to continue to do more for the good people of Warri South LGA.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


                PRESS RELEASE 
                October 11, 2021


The President and Board of Directors of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA hereby inform members of the Association and the general public of recent events pertaining to the Association which has since resulted in litigation and currently awaiting hearing in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia-Civil Division.

In preamble, on or about January, 2021, some disgruntled members of the association held a sham virtual election in which they allocated positions to themselves without following due process and contrary to the constitution and bye-laws of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA.  This brazen act did not stop with the illegal elections but these renegades subsequently paraded themselves as officers of the Association and went on to steal the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand Dollars ($157,000) from the Bank of America account of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA- money which remains unaccounted for to this day.

To date, the renegade group have done everything possible to sabotage our association causing immeasurable damage including  taking legal action to prevent -the recently concluded  and very successful- annual conference in Dallas from taking place; circulating highly flammable, slanderous and scandalous  lies against the previous past President, Mr. Kingsley Onuwaje and furthermore,  filing a frivolous law suit against  Mr. Onuwaje as President of the association in their desperation to tarnish his name. 

That we have shown restraint despite the levels of provocation and the theft of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA funds is not a sign of weakness but our belief in settling these issues in house and as a mark of respect for Ogiame Atuwatse III. But circumstances have forced us to respond to the aforementioned suit filed by this group and   as such, Ugbajo Itsekiri USA is countersuing the following parties: Toju Etchie, Oti Nwosu, Felix Asagba, Ogbemi Omatete, Mac E-Nunu, Eyisan Omagbemi with Bank of America as Co-defendants under the following counts:

Ugbajo Itsekiri USA is not only seeking the return of the One Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand Dollars ($157,000) but in addition, we are also seeking compensatory damages, consequential damages and Five Hundred Thousand ($500,000.00) in punitive damages, plus interest, attorneys’ fees, the cost of this action, and any and all other relief the court may deem fit. 

We will not comment any further on this issue as the matter is currently subjudice.  But we would like to thank all members of Ugbajo Itsekiri USA and all our well-wishers for their support and encouragement through these very difficult and challenging times.  We have no doubt whatsoever that justice shall prevail.


Ugbajo Itsekiri USA INc.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Warri MSP holds Itsekiri, Ijaw Leaders Summit.

Warri MSP holds Itsekiri, Ijaw Leaders Summit.

Group photograph of members of Warri MSP with PIND Network Co-ordinator and Warri MSP facilitator, High Chief Lawal Africas 


By Tetsoma Neyin

Warri Multi Stakeholders Platform (MSP), a brain child of PIND Foundation with a core mandate of promoting peace and equitable growth within the three Warri Local Government Areas in Delta State, has organized a one day Itsekiri, Ijaw leaders summit with the aim of making Warri investors more friendly.
With the theme being “Leaders’ Role in Fostering Peaceful coexistence, Security and Development which also witnessed lots of high profile academicians as well as conflict resolutionists within the shores of Nigeria was held on Thursday September 23, 2021 at Wellington Hotel, Effurun, Warri, Delta State.
Chairman of Warri MSP, Dr. Jeffrey Wilkie in his welcome address said that there is no better time to hold such a significant summit than this, as it will go a long way to build on the existing peace between the Itsekiris and Ijaws, saying that the summit which was specifically held during the week of World Peace Day, was equally significant as the world is now choosing Peace Over Conflict. 

R-L, Delta State Commissioner for Technical Education, Hon. Princess (Mrs.) Ogbemi Daibo, Keynote Speaker, Amb. Dr. Godknows Boladei Igali, Executive Chairman of Warri South L.G.A., Hon. Michael Ejueyetsi Tidi Ph.D, Special Assistanct to Governor Okowa on Community matters, Hon. Louis Otuisi & other special guests

While speaking on the importance of peace in the society, Delta State Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro who was ably represented by the Special Assistanct to Governor Okowa on Community matters, Hon. Louis Otuisi said that peace brings about sustainable growth and development to any given society, emphasizing that  Governor Okowa’s administration has done more in ensuring prevailing peace in Warri and its environs.

Deacon Otuaro recalled that the effort Governor Okowa made during the heat of vandalizing oil and gas facilities in 2016 by setting up a committee headed by himself that went into the creek to put an end to the criminal act. 

In his goodwill message, the Executive Chairman of Warri South L.G.A., Hon. Michael Ejueyetsi Tidi Ph.D who is also co-host to the event thanked the organisers of the summit for putting up such a timely summit for the unification of Warri even as he used the opportunity to warn proponents of WADO City clamouring for the creation of an Urhobo Mega City from Warri City as a way of resolving the age-long controversy over the ownership of Warri to desist from such act as such act might cause another crisis in Warri.

The Warri South Council Boss further called on Leaders of the Summit to work with the Local Government and Security agencies to unravel those behind the WADO City, even as he appealed to all to continue to emphasize on Peace, Fairness and Justice in Warri and environs, stressing that a peaceful environment is what is needed for development to strive. 

Speaking in a similar rein, the Delta State Commissioner for Technical Education, Hon. Princess Shola Ogbemi Daibo in her speech, lauded the initiative of the summit, adding that peace is a vehicle for sustainable development.

The commissioner called on traditional and community leaders, politicians, women and youth to eschew violence and embrace peace, tolerance and good neighbourliness on which our development is premised. 

PIND Foundation who also sent its goodwill message through Dr. David Udofia congratulated members of Warri MSP for their relentless effort in ensuring that peace is restored in the three Warri L.G.A’s, stating that  from inception in 2018, PIND has worked with Warri MSP in building capacities on leadership, conflict management, resource mobilization and security which are concrete pillars for communities’ peaceful co-existence and development.

“Our collaborations in various interventions have contributed to the advancement of peace and security in Warri Kingdom and environs based on stakeholders opinions, even as we look forward to the Warri MSP’s continued growth, sustained ownership of the process for the long term. We at PIND are delighted to have supported you up till this point and will assist when called upon in the future” he said.

Dignataries & members of Warri MSP Cutting the Leaders Summit Unity Cake

In his thought provoking lecture, the keynote speaker, Amb. Dr. Godknows Boladei Igali stated categorically that every generation must prepare for their future, stressing that the Niger Delta Crisis was a legitimate agitation and that peace is a state of tranquility.

Ambassador Igali who pointed out that; Elite Consensus, learning from similar examples, adapting a framework for Alternative dispute resolution (A.D.R.) that is; solving problems outside the judiciary and non-violent protest approach are the four critical steps to solving dispute.

Another exciting aspect of the summit was the discussion section anchored by Dr. Austin Onuoha where the panelists comprises of Prof. Lucky Akaruese, Hon. Evelyn Omawumi Atsiangbe Urhobo, Hon. Joel Bisina (Ph.D) and Pastor (Mrs.) Bridget Affiah who in their various capacities spoke on some of the causes of crisis and also profer solutions in order to live in peace and harmony which is the bedrock for development.

Highpoint of the occasion was the cutting of the Unity Cake by dignitaries present, representatives of Itsekiris and Ijaws as well as  Members of Warri Multi Stakeholders platform which was moderated by PIND Network co-ordinator and Warri MSP facilitator, High Chief Lawal Africas.

At the end of summit, a communique which was signed by Dr. Jeffrey Wilkie, Co-Chairman, Itsekiri Ethnic Nationality and Ambassador Meshack Ubabiri, Co-Chairman, Ijaw Ethnic Nationality was issued out to the public.

In a chat with Warri Voice at the close of the summit, PIND Network Co-ordinator and Warri MSP facilitator, High Chief Lawal Africas thanked the guest speaker and other dignitaries as well as members of Warri MSP for their contribution in making the summit a huge success.

Delta South PDP Executives pays Ejele Condolence visit

Delta South PDP Executives pays Ejele Condolence visit

Chairman of the Delta South PDP Senatorial Executives, High Chief (Dr.) Julius Takeme (JP) making his condolence remark to Hon. Evang. Michael Diden while the Executive Chairman of Warri North L.G.A looks on


By Tetsoma Neyin

Members of Delta South Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), earlier today Monday October 11, 2021 paid a condolence visit to Hon. Evang. (Prince) Micheal Diden, alias Ejele, Chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission(DESOPADEC), over the death of his wife, late Mrs. Diamond Diden at his residence in Effurun, Uvwie L.G.A, Delta State.

Chairman of the Delta South PDP Senatorial Executives, High Chief (Dr.) Julius Takeme (JP) who led the high powered Delegation asserted that the Executives received the news of his wife's death with great shock and disbelieve, saying that being a Chieftain of the party in the State and the Senatorial District, the executives cannot sit back without coming to condole with their leader.

Group photograph of members of Delta South PDP Senatorial District with Hon. Evang. Micheal Diden(3rd L-R), Executive Chairman of Warri North, Hon. Smart Atsekutu(2nd, R-L), High Chief Julius Takeme(3rd, R-L), High Chief Vero Tangbowei - PDP Delta South Senatorial Women Leader( 2nd, L-R) & Mr. John Okoroloko-Secretary

The Delta South PDP Chairman while  describing death as an inevitable end to mankind, encouraged Hon. Michael Diden to be strong at this trying time of his life even as he prayed that such news will not come near his family henceforth.

Responding, Hon. Michael Diden who appreciated the theme for their support and show of love towards him and his family, prayed that untimely death will not come knocking on their doors.

Other members of the Executives who where present during the visit are; High Chief Vero Tangbowei - PDP Delta South Senatorial Women Leader, Mr. John Okoroloko-Secretary among others.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Olu of Warri disrobes Ayiri Emami

Olu of Warri disrobes Ayiri Emami 

                  Ayiri Emami

The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III has officially disrobed the suspended Chief, Ayiri Emami from being a Chief of Warri kingdom as well as the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom.

The first class Monarch made the pronouncement today Tuesday October 5, 2021 at the Palace (Aghofen) during a meeting with the Ologbotsere family.

Following the suspension, the Ologbotsere family as well as the entire Itsekiri nation have been instructed by the Olu of Warri never to address Ayiri Emami as Ologbotsere or as a Chief henceforth.

In the light of the above, Pa. Oporokun who is the Olori-Ebi of the Ologbotsere family has been empowered to conduct all activities as it relates to the Ologbotsere family.

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