The Warri Monarch, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwole has conferred chieftaincy titles on his four subjects among whom are Nigeria’s first female Vice Chancellor and Professor of Mathematics, Grace Alele-Williams
At the palace on Friday, the monarch said the five titles given out are precursor to more titles he would roll out to other deserving recipients over the coming weeks running till end of November as part celebration of his first coronation anniversary.
Ogiame Ikenwole said, “Before people have been coming to me and talking eagerly of chieftaincy titles. I told them I was just settling down and titles will come at the right time. I appointed a search committee to locate deserving recipients.
“What you are witnessing today (Friday) is the result of the work that committee has done. From now till end of November, every weekend, more titles will be coffered on deserving recipients.
“The conferment of titles in this kingdom is strictly on merit. I made it clear from the very beginning that only credible people who have interest and unity of Itsekiri at heart will be bestowed with chieftaincy titles. That is what we have demonstrated and we will stick to that.
“Disregard hearsay and baseless rumours concerning the kingdom. From time to time I will be addressing the people and issues concerning Itsekiri. Communities with court cases or infighting must withdraw those cases, close ranks and forge ahead. My prayer is to allow only ceaseless celebration and joy shall reign in my time in Itsekiri land”, he charged his subjects.
The monarch while celebrating dignitaries from Ijaw, Urhobo and other immediate neighbors who graced the occasion also reiterated, “I made it clear that I am here to build bridges of unity. Let what happens to one of us be celebrated by us all.
“Let us tell the whole world that we are one Delta state. Let us prove outsiders wrong about bad impressions being created said about us. I am happy, Ijaws, Urhobos and other of our immediate neighbors have come here to celebrate with us. Let’s keep this spirit”

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