Ojoye Oritsema Eyewuoma during his installation as the new Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom.

Ogheneochuko Okumagba

His Majesty, Ogiamé Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri has installed Ojoye Oritsema Eyewuoma as the new Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom. Prior to his new title, Eyewuoma was the Aboludero of Warri Kingdom.

The newly installed Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Ojoye Oritsema Eyewuoma, is a man of great distinction and accomplishment. Born in the Benin River creek of Orogun on June 30, 1944, he has ridden like an eagle breaking every barrier that life set on his path, to achieve greatness. Ojoye Oritsema Eyewuoma was born into the noble Ologbotsere family of Warri Kingdom and being from the Ajuwayiboyami (IYA) branch of the family, through Ogunomere and then Mismarte. His father, late Pa Samuel Eyewuoma, was a grandson of Mismarte and was well known in the entire stretch of Benin River where he is popularly referred to as Boryi-Orogun (the boy from Orogun).

Ojoye Oritsema Eyewuoma commenced primary school in Koko in 1950/51 and from that time he has achieved every height in life with distinction. When he wrote the secondary school entrance examination from his 6th form in primary school in 1958, against the practice of writing such exam from the modern school, many thought it was impossible for him to pass the exam. However, the star in him shown brightly at that moment, when the results were released. Not only did he pass the exams but did so in distinction and thus set the enviable record of being the only child from the entire Benin River to achieve such a feat at such a young age.

READ: Unusual praises for Ini Ememobong

In 1963, His Majesty Ogiame Erejuwa II of the Warri Kingdom was so impressed with the academic prowess of Ojoye Oritsema Eyewuoma that he ordered a full scholarship for the young student. Ojoye did not disappoint. He passed his West African School Certificate (WASC) examination with flying colors, scoring (As) in all nine subjects he had enrolled in. His academic excellence continued at the University of Lagos, where he studied Physics/Mathematics education, his preferred choice of study. In 1966, he graduated with a First Class degree certificate, an achievement that made him one of the brightest minds in the country. Ojoye’s academic journey is a testament to the power of hard work and dedication to excellence.

He was among the first set of students to be sent to the United Kingdom on a scholarship by the Warri Kingdom.

Ojoye Oritsema Eyewuoma was a tutor at Hussey College, Warri in 1970. He was trained as a Drilling Engineer at the Shell Training/Drilling school in the Hague, Netherlands. He worked at Shell BP in the 70s, drilling oil wells from Edo through Delta down to Bayelsa. He moved to NNPC in the 80s and rose rapidly in the Exploration & Exploitation Department (Now NPDC) to the very top. He later joined CONOIL in 1991 where he stayed until he retired as the executive Vice President Technical.