Ogiame Atuwatse III

Ogiame Atuwatse III is a Nigerian traditional ruler, paramount ruler of the Itsekiri people and the 21st Olu of Warri. He was born Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, also known as Tsola Emiko on 2 April 1984 to Olu Atuwatse II, the 19th Olu of Warri and Gladys Durorike Emiko in Warri.[1] He is also a descendant of Olu Akengbuwa.[2]

Nigerian traditional ruler
Ogiame Atuwatse III
Olu of Warri
Assumed office
21 August 2021
Preceded by Ogiame Ikenwoli I
Personal details
Utieyinoritsẹtsọla Emiko

(1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 37)
Warri, Nigeria

Spouse(s) Ivie Uhunoma Emiko
Children 3
Parent(s) Olu Atuwatse II
Education Case Western Reserve University
Website warrikingdom.org

He was crowned the 21st Olu of Warri on Saturday 21 August 2021 at Ode-Itsekiri succeeding his uncle, Ogiame Ikenwoli I the 20th Olu of Warri. [3]

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Ogiame Atuwatse III, born Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, commonly known as “Oritsetsola” or “Tsola” Emiko, was born on 2 April 1984 to then Prince Godwin Toritseju Emiko, and Gladys Durorike Emiko (née Okunade), in the capital of the Itsekiri Kingdom, Warri, during the reign of his grandfather, the 18th Olu of Warri, Erejuwa II.[4] His mother is a member of the Yoruba ethnic group and the daughter of Oba Sijuade Okunade, the Ooni of Ife.[5] His paternal great-grandfather was Olu Ginuwa II, and he is the 16th great-grandson in a direct male line of Olu Ginuwa, the first Olu of Warri, and thus is a distant relative of the Benin Royal Family, through Ginuwa’s grandfather, who was Oba Ewuare the Great of the Benin Empire.

Through his mother, he is a descendant of the Royal Dynasty of Oranmiyan, and the Ogboruu Royal House of Ile-Ife, one of the 4 ruling houses. He is a great-great grandson of Adelekan Olubuse I, the 46th Ooni of Ife, and is also thus a direct descendant of the progenitor of the Ogboruu royal house, Ooni Ogboruu, the 19th Ooni of Ife. Through Ogboruu, he is also a descendant of Ooni Lajodoogun, and his father, Ooni Lajamisan, and thus a direct descendant of the semi-legendary founders of the Yoruba people, Oranmiyan and Oduduwa.[6][circular reference]He is also descended from Oranmiyan in a direct male line through his father, via the first Oba of Benin, Eweka, who was a son of Oranmiyan, and an ancestor to Olu Ginuwa and Oba Ewuare.

His father rose to the throne as the 19th Olu of Warri, Olu Atuwatse II, when Tsola was 2 years old after the death of his grandfather.[4]

He attended NNPC Primary School in Warri and Adesoye College, Offa, Kwara State for his primary and secondary education respectively. He obtained a bachelors degree in International Studies and Political Science from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 2006. In 2007, he obtained a master of science degree in management from the same university’s Weatherhead School of Management. [1][7]

He married Ivie Uhunoma Emiko, the daughter of Nigerian businessman Hosa Wells Okunbo, in 2014[7] and they have 3 children.[1]

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