The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwole in his first conferment of chieftaincy titles yesterday honoured Nigeria’s first female Vice Chancellor and Professor of Mathematics, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams and four others. The Warri monarch at his palace yesterday said more titles would be conferred on other deserving recipients as part of the activities marking the first anniversary of his coronation. In his words, the first-class monarch 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 identify deserving recipients.
“What you are witnessing today (yesterday) is the result of the work that committee has done. From now till the end of November, every weekend, more titles will be conferred 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 the 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.” Apart from Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, who was conferred with the Utienyin Iwere, others are Eyitimi Arthur Diden (Ideofene of Warri) a.k.a Agboburukun Jakan; Pa Akoma Dimeyin (Omokun of Warri) a.k.a Agbewu; Mercy Olowu ( Utukpa Iwere of Warri) a.k.a Eriegwa and Omolubi Nenewumi (Omatamudieyin of Warri) a.k.a Egindegereyugba.