The Donokoromo Royal Family of Isaba Kingdom in Warri Southwest Local Government Area, Delta State has mourned the passing on of the 20th Monarch of Itsekiri Kingdom, HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli 1, one of the most revered monarchs in Nigeria.
On Monday 14 June, 2021, the Donokoromo Royal Family of Isaba Kingdom also paid a condolence visit to the late monarch’s family over the demise of their father, a great king in history who leaves legacies for every son and sundry of Itsekiri Nation to imbibe as a people.
In a statement by the Donokoromo Royal Family, the delegation portrayed their heartfelt pain over the loss of such a great traditional ruler whose reign was committed to building the Itsekiri Nation to an enviable height.
The visiting royal family prayed God to give the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the colossal loss.
The statement reads in parts:
DONOKOROMO ROYAL FAMILY,
Warri South-West LGA, The Pere’s Palace, Pere-ama Community. (HEADQUARTERS) 14th June 2021.
CONDOLENCE VISIT OF THE DONOKOROMO ROYAL FAMILY (DRF) OF ISABA KINGDOM TO THE WARRI MONARCH.
On behalf of ourselves and the entire members of the famous DONOKOROMO ROYAL FAMILY (DRF) of Isaba kingdom, in Warri South-West Local Government area of Delta State, commensurate with the entire Isekiri nation (Iwere Land) on the Royal passage of their great and well respected traditional ruler, HRM. OGIAME IKENWOLI 1, THE OLU OF WARRI.
As a dignified Royal Family, we deeply regret the great loss to the Royal Family in particular and the entire Isekiri nation as whole.
We pray that God Almighty Will give the entire Isekiri nation the courage, understanding and wisdom to bear their colossal loss of their great King (OLU)”.
The statement also gave some historical facts about maternal relationship to the Donokoromo Royal Family.
“However, we are really proud, highly elated and honoured that the Royal Family of the exalted throne of the OLU Of WARRI, that is the “EMAYE LINEAGE “ hails from our great Isaba Kingdom.”
It gave a brief genealogy: “Isoun, the founder and ancestor of Isaba kingdom begat Akori, who begat Idifulou, who begat two daughters namely, Princess Ebinimi-ere (Emaye) and Princess Seiyanama. The Donokoromo Royal Family of Isaba kingdom is that of the lineage of Princess Seiyanama one of the daughters of Idifulou, while that of the Emiko’s Royal Family is from the lineage of Princess Emaye, daughter of Idifulou. Princess Emaye was married to Olu Erejuwa 1. With Erejuwa 1 , Princess Emaye had two powerful daughters, namely: “Uwala” and “Iye.” Iye because of her tremendous strength and influence in fact, assumed the status of an Olu as well, but for being a female, after the demise of Erejuwa 1, Princess Emaye, was bequeathed to Olu Akengbuwa with whom she had “Ereye,” Ejimogho and “Ejo”, the statement added.
Furthermore, the visitors also used the medium to felicitate Prince Tsola Emiko, the Olu-Designate.
“In conclusion, we also use this medium to congratulate the OLU DESIGNATE (OMO-OBA), PRINCE TSOLA EMIKO to be crowned as the 21st Olu of Warri Kingdom.”
As noted, the Donokoromo Royal Family delegation was humbly received at the Olu’s Palace by the Regent of Warri, Prince Emmanuel Okotie-eboh, the Iyasere of Warri kingdom, Chief Johnson, the Princes of Ginuwa ruling house of Warri kingdom and some highly respected Chiefs of Warri kingdom.
Included in the delegation were:
PRINCE BENIBO DONOKOROMO,
Family Head, Donokoromo Royal Family (DRF).
PRINCE EMMANUEL SEKOINDI,
President general, Donokoromo Royal Family (DRF).
PRINCE (HON) OGUGU MOSES,
Publicity secretary, Donokoromo Royal Family (DRF).