Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo, has died. He was 83 years old at the time. Let’s see more about how did Alaafin of Oyo die.
Who was Alaafin of Oyo?
The late Alaafin of Oyo belonged to the Alowolodu family’s Adeyemi branch. On October 15, 1938, he was born. He briefly lived at Iseyin in his late childhood.
He was 83 years old and the longest-reigning Alaafin in history, ruling for more than 52 years.
Adeyemi III was the son of Oba Adeyemi II, the former Alaafin of Oyo who was deposed and exiled in 1954 for sympathizing with the National Council of Nigerian Citizens.
In 1970, he succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II, and on January 14, 1971, he was crowned. He was a boxing enthusiast.
Adeyemi’s death followed the deaths of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Saliu Adetunji, on December 12, 2021, and January 2, 2022, respectively.
Cause of death
According to palace officials, the top Yoruba monarch died in the late hours of Friday. Adeyemi died at Ado Ekiti’s Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital. But there is no information on how did Alaafin of Oyo die.
His remains were said to have been relocated to Oyo town early Saturday and were met at Idi-Igba by his first son, Prince Tunde, and his other siblings.
Traditional rites had begun, according to palace sources, without elaborating on his burial arrangements.
Adeyemi reigned for 52 years before his death, making him the Alaafin with the longest reign.
Traditionally, the head of the Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, would take over until a new Alaafin was appointed.
Before making an official announcement, Basorun is expected to brief Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde.
What happened to Alaafin of Oyo?
Engineer Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State, is expected to make an official announcement after receiving word of the monarch’s death from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi,’ who will now lead Oyo town until a new Alaafin is installed.
There is no confirmed information on how did Alaafin of Oyo die. But according to unconfirmed reports, the supreme ruler was ill and a plan was made to fly him oversea before he died late Friday night.
According to a source familiar with the medical travel plan, his tickets, as well as those of a few wives, have already been purchased.
His death occurred just a few months after the state’s two First Class monarchs, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, joined their ancestors.
While Oba Oyewumi, the Soun, joined his ancestors on December 12, 2021, Oba Adetunji, the Olubadan, joined on January 2, 2022.
May the soul of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi (Iku Baba Yeye) rest in peace. Condolences to his family members, friends, the Oyo state government, traditional leaders in Yoruba land, and all Oyo sons and daughters worldwide.
Throwback to when the now Late Alaafin of Oyo was approved as the Alaafin of Oyo over 50 years ago. May his soul rest in peace
#BREAKING It is with a heavy heart to announce to you that MY KING Ikubaba Yeye Alasheikeji Orisha Oba lamidi Adeyemi the ALAAFIN OF OYO EMPIRE has passed away At 6yo I watched my dad Victor Omololu Olunloyo crown him November 18th, 1970 after a long battle #RIPAlaafin
The Alaafin of Oyo Lives on.No Monarch dies in Yorubaland but ascends into the Heavens, while a successor takes over the substantive office. Only the Kingmakers are allowed to announce the demise of a monarch not the media.Alaafin is Alive but Oba Adeyemi has transited.
The Alaafin of Oyo became a King far before I was born. He served so long on the throne, he has done well. I’m happy that I would be witnessing another history of a new King, I have at least 80years more to live, how many more Alaafins would I see? Time would tell.
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