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As the world celebrates His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, on his 40th birthday, the resounding echoes of his transformative leadership reverberate through the city of Warri and beyond. The 21st Olu of Warri, fondly called Oritsetsola and recognized as a beacon of modern monarchy, has carved a distinguished legacy marked by unwavering dedication to his people and profound global influence.

Educated both locally and internationally, the monarch embodies the fusion of tradition and modernity. His academic journey, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and a Master of Science degree in Management, reflects his commitment to holistic learning and intellectual growth.

Beyond academia, Oritsetsola has demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial acumen, founding ventures such as Noble Nigeria and Coral Curator. His leadership extends to the corporate sphere, where he serves as Chairman of Ocean Marine Security and holds directorships at the Gulf of Guinea and Vessellink Nigeria

Back then, the monarch’s journey to the throne was not without controversy. But amidst debates over succession traditions and heritage, he emerged as the rightful heir, despite challenges and conflicts. His ascension symbolised a bridge between tradition and modernity, as he embarked on a mission to unite and uplift the Itsekiri people.

Throughout his reign, Oritsetsola has spearheaded initiatives to drive socio-economic development and cultural preservation in Warri and its environs. From youth empowerment programmes to infrastructural projects, his vision for progress transcends borders, earning him accolades and admiration on a national scale.

In recognition of his exemplary leadership and contributions to nation-building, Oritsetsola was honoured as Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) by President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2022. This prestigious award is a testament to his enduring commitment to service and his profound impact on the welfare of his people.


As Oritsetsola celebrates his 40th birthday, his legacy shines brightly as a testament to the power of visionary leadership and unwavering dedication to the welfare of the people. In Warri, and indeed across the globe, his reign continues to inspire hope, unity, and progress for generations to come.

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