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Friday, June 11, 2010


The olu of warri in ceremonial dress.
The people of warri claim to be the oldest christian community in Nigeria,if not in West Africa.When the portugueses traders commenced trading with the people of warri in the fifteenth century,christianity was established at an early date.The strong portuguese and christian influence may be seen in the olu's ceremonial robes.The crown of silver encrusted with semi-precious stones was made in portugal.The robes of fine silk are similar to those worn by churchmen.Crosses appear in the collars and the coral bead has also been introduced.In his hand the olu carries a fly whisk made of white horse hair.

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