The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has passed away at the age of 83, after almost 52 years on the throne – and as the longest-reigning Alaafin of all-time.
Alaafin Of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Is Dead
It was gathered that the monarch ‘joined his ancestors’ in the late hours of Friday, April 22, at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
According to a Premium Times report, palace sources said his remains were brought to Oyo town in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites have commenced.
TOyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, will make an official announcement upon receiving the report of the monarch’s passing from the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi,’ Bashorun Yusuf Akinade, who will now lead Oyo town pending the installation of a new Alaafin.
By tradition, the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, would take over pending the appointment of a new Alaafin.
Born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House, Alaafin Adeyemi was crowned on November 18, 1970, following the passing away of Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I.
Oba Ladigbolu was from the Agunloye Ruling House and with the passing of Alaafin Adeyemi, who was also known as Iku Baba Yeye, it is now the turn of the Agunloye Ruling House to produce the next Oyo monarch.