The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the top Yoruba monarch, has died at the age of 83. Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowolodu Ruling House, died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State in South-West Nigeria, in the late hours of Friday.
According to sources, the remains of the topmost Yoruba traditional ruler were taken to Oyo town, 62 kilometres from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in the early hours of Saturday, and traditional rites began.
He was 83 years old when he was die. He had ruled for 52 years, which means he was one of the longest-reigning Alaafin in history.
In Yoruba mythology and history, the Alaafin of Oyo is one of Oduduwa’s seven grandchildren who eventually became Kings, constituting the Yoruba Civilization’s bedrock.
The title was kept as the official title of the ceremonial ruler of the current people of Oyo, Nigeria, after the fall of the Oyo Empire. The Alaafin is the Yoruba people’s political leader and the only monarch with the authority to designate a chieftain to represent Yorubaland as a whole. Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and Iyalode of Yorubaland are two examples of such appointments.
There are rumours that the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, will shortly announce the monarch’s death from the throne of the ‘Oyo Mesi.’
Following the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Bashorun Yusuf Akinade will oversee the province of Oyo until a new Alaafin is crowned.
Who was Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi? And who will be successor?
Alaafin of Oyo was born in the Alowolodu Royal House on October 15, 1938. Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi was his birth name. Following the death of Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, Alaafin Adeyemi was crowned on November 18, 1970.
Oba Ladigbolu represented the Agunloye Ruling House. However, with the death of Alaafin Adeyemi, also known as Iku Baba Yeye, the Agunloye Ruling House now has the task of producing the new Oyo king.
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