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Royal welcome fit for a Nigerian King: Olu of Warri Kingdom honored at the Port of Los Angeles as he visits U.S. on Trade Mission (See pictures)

Port of LA Executive Director Eugene D. Seroka discussing port activities with the Olu (King) of Warri

Reception guests cruising the harbor.
U.S.-Africa Trade Facilitators, Queen Mother Nina Womack and Ron Lyles at the Reception for the Olu of Warri.
Former U.S. Congresswoman, the Honorable Diane E. Watson and Queen Ahneva.
Royal Dignitaries.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Wednesday, June 12, 2024)

In a regal affair to explore an intercontinental partnership, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri Kingdom in Delta State, Nigeria, was honored at a royal reception held at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend. He is visiting to explore bilateral trade opportunities and to strengthen Los Angeles-African ties.

The reception, held on the Harbor Breeze Cruiseliner, was a testament to the deep-rooted respect for the Olu’s revered throne and the rich heritage of the Warri Kingdom. A gathering of dignitaries and influential figures from across Los Angeles and Africa sailed around the Port for several hours while LA Port Executive Director, Eugene D. Saroka and the young African King discussed future business synergies. 

The Port of Los Angeles, located on the Pacific Ocean, is North America’s largest and busiest container port, providing a unique backdrop for the event. Its modern infrastructure and economic significance mirrored the Olu’s progressive vision for a strategic alliance aimed to increase global trade and development in his kingdom. Warri is a port city located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Niger Delta region and is one of the major hubs of the petroleum industry in Nigeria.

Los Angeles Harbor Area Planning Commissioner, Mr. Joe R. Gaitlin orchestrated the event, ensuring every detail reflected the grandeur and cultural richness of the Warri Kingdom. The guest list included; former U.S. Congresswoman, Honorable Diane E. Watson, Councilmember Curren Price, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare and Samuel Dentu of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Queen Ahneva, Founder of African Textile Museum, U.S.-Africa Trade Facilitator and Multimedia Personality, Development Queen Mother Nina Womack, Ron Lyles, and Agrippa and Silvia Ezozo of The African Diaspora Foundation, to name a few

“This trade visit from the King is the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship and we want to increase trade from the Continent to bring prosperity, jobs and economic boom to Los Angeles and Delta State”, says Joe R. Gatlin, the event organizer. This historic reception not only celebrated the traditional ruler’s esteemed position but also fostered cultural exchange and building bridges between the Warri Kingdom and Los Angeles, a message that resonated deeply with all in attendance.

About the Olu of Warri Kingdom:

The Olu of Warri is the traditional ruler of the Itsekiri people, based in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. The throne is one of the most revered and influential in Nigeria, with a history dating back centuries.

About the Port of Los Angeles:

The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest container port in North America, serving as a major gateway for international trade. It plays a crucial role in the economic development of the region and the United States as a whole.

For more information, contact Queen Mother Nina Womack, [email protected].

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