Alaafin of Oyo: 13 Key Facts about Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as He Dies at 83

Alaafin of Oyo: 13 Key Facts about Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as He Dies at 83

In the early hours of Friday, April 22, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, joined his ancestors.

The news of the death of the top Yoruba monarch was broken by Premium Times in the early hours of Saturday, April 23.

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, 83. Deaths, Facts
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, lll, looks on during the parade of twin mothers at the Igbo-Ora World Twins festival at Igbo-Ora Town in Oyo state, 2019. Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Source: AFP gathers that Oba Adeyemi died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti state.

The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo town in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites have begun, according to palace sources.

Here are some key facts you should know about the late monarch:

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1. He was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House and was a member of the House of Oranmiyan.

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2. Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III was the son of late Raji Adeniran Adeyemi who became Alaafin in 1945.

3. He ascended the throne of Alafin in 1970 at a young age of 31 shortly after the end of the civil war

4. Oba Adeyemi became the king when Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo was the military governor of Oyo state

Life as monarch

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

6. He was the 44th Alaafin of Oyo


7. Oba Adeyemi was said to be a boxer before ascending the throne. Videos of him showing his love for boxing even after becoming king are everywhere on social media.

Performed Hajj in 1975

8. In 1975, the then head of state, General Murtala Muhammed included Oba Adeyemi in his entourage to hajj.

Key appointments

9.Alafin was the permanent Chairman of the Council of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State until May 3, 2011 when former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala (now late) announced that the state government had passed a law that introduced rotation of the Office of Chairman between the Alaafin and two other kings in the state – the Olubadan of Ibadanland and the Soun of Ogbomoso.

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10. In 1990, General Ibrahim Babangida appointed him Amir-ul-Hajj in recognition of his commitment to the consolidation of Islam in Nigeria.

11. Oba Adeyemi was the chancellor of Uthman dan Fodiyo University in Sokoto from 1980 to 1992.

Married to 13 wives

12. According to Daily Trust, Oba Adeyemi had 13 wives, the senior among them being Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi, and usually attended most events with her or with one of the 12 junior wives.

His other wives include Ayaba Rahmat Adedayo Adeyemi, Ayaba Mujidat Adeyemi, Ayaba Rukayat Adeyemi, Ayaba Folashade Adeyemi, Ayaba Badirat Ajoke Adeyemi, Ayaba Memunat Omowunmi Adeyemi, Ayaba Omobolanle Adeyemi, Ayaba Moji Adeyemi, Ayaba Anuoluwapo Adeyemi, And Ayaba Damilola Adeyemi.

Fathered over 20 children

13. The late monarch is succeeded by more than 20 children and grand children.

How former Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Adetunji, died at age 93

Recall that the former Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, passed away at age 93 on Sunday, January 2.

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The monarch died at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo state.

Oba Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan on March 4, 2017. The successful businessman who was born on August 26, 1928, was the first of 17 children of his parents.


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