UK-based Itsekiris donned their traditional attire and celebrated with music and dance to receive His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri, at a vibrant cultural event held on Saturday.
This royal gathering was part of the 10th Ugbajo Itsekiri UK Gala and Charity Night, which took place at the Brent Civic Centre in Wembley Park, Wembley, United Kingdom. The theme of this year’s event was “The Role of Diaspora Community in Strategic Health and Education Development in Rural Community.”
The Olu of Warri, surrounded by his wife, the Queen Consort of Warri Kingdom, Her Highness, Olori Atuwatse III; Chief Oma Eyewuoma, the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Brown Mene and other Palace chiefs, appealed to the Itsekiris living abroad to use their knowledge, relationships, and networks to help develop and economically strengthen Iwereland.
He emphasized that the collective support for the crown far outweighs the disturbances caused by a minority. The monarch acknowledged the challenges of the past two years but expressed his confidence in divine guidance. He called on all Itsekiris to remain focused and not yield to sentiments. He welcomed every Itsekiri who wished to contribute to the fulfilment of the community’s potential, affirming that he considered no one his enemy.
In line with the call for unity and development, the President of Ugbajo Itsekiri UK, Mr Majebi Eyewuoma, reminded all attendees to uphold the values of Progress, Transparency, Accountability, and Development, represented by the acronym PTAD.
The event also saw the presentation of gifts to the monarch, accepted by Chief Brown Mene on His Majesty’s behalf, as various cultural groups and associations entertained the attendees with their performances.
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