Olu Of Warri Abolishes ‘Omajaja’ In Itsekiri Land As Iwere Holds Annual Praise Day


The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has abolished the ‘Omajaja’ term from Itsekiris’ vocabulary owing to what he described as its negative connotation over time.

He made the declaration through a Royal Proclamation in a statement he personally endorsed as the Kingdom rolled out drums to celebrate the annual Praise Day.

He noted that the palace will no longer recognise or make reference to the term again, adding that every individual Itsekiri is a freeborn.

“All Ìtsẹ̀kírìs are now to be referred to as Omiwere. The official palace approved symbol or logo for Omiwere will be the Awerewere leaf. Those that wish to add something unique to represent them are free to do so. The logo shall be worn with pride by all Omiwere,” the monarch stated.

Ogiame also added that the classification does not alter the law and manner of succession to the throns, stressing that is only one Ruling House, which is Ginuwa Ruling House, of which both Otonlaja and Otonlus belong.

He stated, “Today, we…

Source: Leadership Newspaper