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Alaafin of Oyo: A Top Yoruba King – Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Is Dead

Alaafin of Oyo: A Top Yoruba King – Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Is Dead

Alaafin of Oyo: A Top Yoruba King – Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Is Dead

The Alaafin of Oyo Dies At 83 AFter 52 Years On The Throne

Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, died in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

On Saturday morning, traditional rites were held in Oyo for the remains of a prominent Yoruba traditional ruler, with burial arrangements yet to be made.

The late Alaafin’s first son, Prince ‘Tunde, and other children had received the monarch’s remains at Idi-Igba, Oyo town early Saturday morning.

Alaafin of Oyo Dies At 83

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He was 83 years old and the longest-reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is expected to make an official announcement upon receiving the report of the monarch’s passing from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, who will now lead Oyo before a new Alaafin is installed.

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Alaafin of Oyo Dies At 83

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.

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ABOUT ALAAFIN OF OYO

Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi, the present Alaafin of Oyo from Adeyemi branch of Alowolodu family, was born on October 15, 1938. He is the current Alaafin of Oyo the acclaimed traditional empire of Yoruba land situates in the current Oyo State of Nigeria. During his late childhood stage, he lived briefly at Iseyin where he learnt the basic rudiments of Islam.

The Alaafin of Oyo Empire, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, would not agree any less to this saying.

As an insurance officer who became the Alaafin of Oyo. The contest to his emergence began in 1968 when he was invited along with ten others from his ruling house to contest for the vacant stool of the Oyo Empire. As it was the custom of the land, there were three parameters with which they were judged. First was eligibility, second was popularity and third, the stamina for the huge
responsibilities of the office of the Alaafin of Oyo.

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Oba Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi emerged the first; defeating ten others after a rigorous screening exercise. However, due to what observers attested to be political interference, the then government “refused to endorse my appointment, saying the procedure was not right” were the words of this great monarch during one of the numerous interviews he granted.

The Alaafin of Oyo Dies At 83 AFter 52 Years On The Throne

So the process started over again with the same result the second and the third time. Interestingly, despite the immense pressure upon the Oyomesi ‘against his candidature by the government, the Oyomesi stood it ground. Thus the process was put in abeyance until after the civil war when the whole process started all over again.

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To the relief of many and the chagrin of the opposition, Oba Adeyemi III was elected the winner and was finally chosen by the kingmakers on November 18, 1970 and then moved into the palace after completing the necessary rites under the tutelage of the Oyomesi.

In the process, he was inducted into the mysteries of various gods like the Ifa mysteries, and the Sango mysteries. He was also made to undergo these inductions in order to be the direct representative of these deities on earth.

Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Is Dead

He was taken through these processes so as to know all the chants, the proverbs, oriki of all the past Obas. More so, it was during the various purification and cleansing processes, at the hallowed grounds of the Yoruba ancient shrine that Oba Adeyemi III made a covenant with the illustrious Yoruba ancestors that he would defend, protect and add glamour to the Yoruba norms and tradition; vowing to be the icon, the embodiment of Yoruba culture, And, he had since then taken his covenant seriously and had delivered the
dividends of his covenant.

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