2024 Session 5 Report: Itsekiri Trade

  • Itsekiri NextGen Project: 2024 Session 5 Report
  • Topic: Itsekiri Trade
  • Date: 17th February 2024
  • Volunteers Present: 5
  • Total Number of Attendees: 45
  • Timings: 09:00am – 1:00pm
  • Venue: Former Caravan 4, Aja-Pessu (Pessu Town), Warri
  • Resource Person: Omatsola Okpeayaghan


Session 5 delved into the historical and contemporary aspects of Itsekiri trade, shedding light on the traditional occupations that have shaped the community’s identity and lifestyle.

  • Itsekiri trade

Session Delivery:

Emmanuel Egbe efficiently organized the participants, ensuring a swift transition into the session. Following a participant-led opening prayer and the rendition of the Itsekiri anthem, Emmanuel provided a concise recap of the previous session, setting the stage for the day’s facilitator, Omatsola Okpeayaghan.

Omatsola commenced by introducing the focal point of the session; Itsekiri trade. Participants were encouraged to share insights into their grandparents’ occupations, revealing a diverse array of trades including farming, fishing, and various forms of craftsmanship.

Throughout the session, participants were enlightened on the multifaceted nature of the traditional Itsekiri trade, spanning activities such as fishing, boat making, salt production, basket weaving, beadwork, and pottery. Omatsola underscored the significance of these trades in shaping the Itsekiri Nation’s cultural practices and socio-economic landscape.

An exploration of Itsekiri trade unveiled its enduring influence on contemporary lifestyle practices. Participants learned that beads, intricately woven into Itsekiri attire, hold deep cultural significance, symbolizing status, identity, and tradition. Similarly, Itsekiri’s proximity to water bodies facilitated a reliance on seafood, which remains a staple in Itsekiri cuisine.

The significance of boat making was highlighted, with Omatsola emphasizing its role as a primary mode of transportation and the catalyst for the renowned Warri boat regatta—a cherished tradition observed during special occasions and celebrations.

As the session drew to a close, participants engaged in a spirited discussion, demonstrating their newfound understanding by identifying traditional Itsekiri commodities by their indigenous names.


  • Debi Amadedon
  • Emmanuel Egbe
  • Omatsola Okpeayaghan
  • Ani Toju
  • Roselyn Bemigho Ugbeye

Other key activities during the session:

Videos showcasing the vibrant tradition of the Warri boat regatta were screened, enriching participants’ cultural immersion.

What went wrong:

The session proceeded smoothly without encountering any significant issues, ensuring a fruitful exploration of Itsekiri trade and culture.

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