Culture & Tradition

Again, Okere-Urhobo Warri Monarch Passes Less Two Years After Coronation

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

The Orusuen of Okere-Urhobo Warri Kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, Okumagba II, Sir Emmanuel Ono Okumagba, has passed.

Like his immediate predecessor, Professor Paul Oghenero Okumagba, Idama II, who joined his ancestors in July 2019, Orosuen passed barely two years after ascending the throne.

Stonix News reports that late Okumgba II was crowned in the early hours of Monday, November 16, 2020, by kingmakers in Okere-Urhobo Kingdom led by the oldest Kingmaker, High Chief George Amurun (JP).

The Delta State government, on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, confirmed his selection as the Orusuen (King) of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom in Warri and went ahead to present him a Staff of Office on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

The Otata Of Okere -Urhobo kingdom Warri, Chief Gold Eburu, a retired Brigadier-General, made the formal disclosure of the demise of Okumagba II during a press briefing on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at the Orosuen palace.

According to him, Okumagba II had travelled to join his ancestors, adding that the final rites of passage would be announced later.

The Otata of Okere-Urhobo kingdom added that the Council of Chiefs has directed that in line with the customs and traditions of Okere-Urhobo Kingdom, no ceremonies such as burials, marriages and others would take place within the kingdom until after the celebrations of the final rites of the Okumagba II were carried out.

He appealed to all residents of the kingdom to remain peaceful and law-abiding.

The people of Okere -Urhobo Kingdom and a retinue of chiefs were in the palace of the departed king during the announcement.

The Royal Stool of the Orosuen of Okere -Urhobo kingdom has been covered with a black cloth as a sign that the kingdom is mourning.

Stonix News recalled that Sir Emmanuel Ono Okumagba (JP), Okumagba II succeeded former Professor of Sociology at the Sociology Department of Delta State University, Abraka, HRM Prof. Paul Oghenero Okumagba, Idama II, who joined his ancestors in July 2019.

Curiously, Okumagba II has also passed in the month of July barely two years after ascending the throne of his ancestors just like the case of his predecessor, Okumagba Idama II.

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