The people of ancient Olomu Kingdom of Delta State on Saturday crowned the Otota of Olomu Kingdom, Olorogun Macaulay Popo Ovbagbedia, as the 13th Ohworode of the ancient kingdom following completion of the rites of passage of the late Ohworode.
The late HRM Dr. R.L. Ogbon was the 12th Ohworode of Olomu after being crowned in 1988.
The new Ohworode, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, was crowned at the Adjafia Gall by Olorogun Godwin Okrokene, most senior Otota of Uhurhie Ruling House as HRM Macaulay Ovbagbedia, Uhurhie-Sadjere II.
Olomu Kingdom operates a rotational monarchy amongst the three ruling houses of Eyanvwien, Uhurhie and Oghoro.
The Ohworode position is followed by the Otota and Akpile/Akpohor positions respectively.
Whenever the Ohworode joins the ancestors, the Otota becomes Ohworode, while the Akpile graduates to Otota while the ruling house of the late Ohworode will proceed to produce an Akpile.
With the installation of Ovbagbedia as Ohworode, Olorogun Albert Akpomudje SAN, current Akpile/Akpohor has become the new Otota of Olomu Kingdom.
The Ohworode of Olomu, HRM Macaulay Ovbagbedia Uhurhie-Osadjere II, who was so excited said, “I feel like I am dreaming, Today is a day joy.”
He said his grand father, Osadjere, was Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, who ruled as Osadjere I and died in 1949 before others and the departed monarch, HRM. Richard Layeguen Ogbon Ogoni-Oghoro I JP, took over the mantle of leadership.
While thanking the people of Olomu Kingdom, HRM Uhurhie-Osadjere II promised to reconcile and unite the people during his reign.
Earlier, the new Otota (Unu) of Olomu Kingdom, Olorogun Albert Akpomudje SAN, in a brief remark, said kingship in Olomu is not contestable as it’s properly arranged between the three ruling houses.
The Unu said the newly crowned monarch had served the kingdom side by side with the departed Ohworode, HRM Richard Layeguen Ogbon Ogoni-Oghoro I JP, as the Otota (spokesman) of Olomu Kingdom.
He stressed that the monarch has been very patient as spokesman.
Present at the brief event were the Chief of Staff to the Delta State Governor, Chief Ovie Agas, Olorogun Oskar & Olorogun Mrs. Miranda Ibru, Olorogun Jacob Diedjomahor, Prof. Emmanuel Ogujor, Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, Olorogun John Oguma, Olorogun Talib Tebite and many others.