A culture of over 500 years Old
According to Bini and Itsekiri histories, Olu Ginuwa, a prince of Benin Kingdom founded the Iwerre (Warri) Kingdom about 1480. In the 15th century Warri was visited by Portuguese missionaries. At the beginning of the 17th century, a son of the reigning Olu was sent to Portugal and returned with a Portuguese wife. Their son Antonio Domingo was Olu of Iwerre (Warri) in the 1640s. Olu Erejuwa, who reigned from about 1720 to 1800, expanded Warri politically and commercially, using the Portuguese to further Warri’s independence of Bini and to establish control over a wider area
Later Iwerre served as the base for Portuguese and Dutch slave traders. Iwerre became a more important port city during the late 19th century, when it became a centre for the palm oil trade and other major items such as rubber, palm products, cocoa, groundnuts, hides, and skins. Warri was established as a provincial headquarters by the British in the early 20th century.
The Kingdom of Warri has remained predominantly Christian since the coronation of its first Christian King Olu Atorongboye also known as King Sebastian I in 1570, within a century of the foundation of the iwerre Kingdom. Below is a list of the rulers of the Warri Kingdom from inception. Note that written records began with the coronation of Olu Atorongboye Sebastian I in 1570