West African Monarch, The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Joins his ancestors at age 83


Share post:

Since his great-grandfather, Oba Atiba  Atobatele founded the new Yoruba kingdom of Oyo in the 1830s; The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi Ill was the longest-reigning ruler of the kingdom. The Yoruba ruler joined his ancestors in the later hours of Friday, 22nd of April 2022.  He was the longest reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.

The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo town, 62 kilometres from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites began, palace sources told local newspapers.

Alaafin Adeyemi was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House of the famous Oyo town; and was crowned on November 18, 1970, succeeding Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I. He was known popularly as Iku Baba Yeye.

In his younger age, the Alaafin of Oyo was a lover of boxing. He was a boxer but had to retire early due to his coronation.

West African Monarch, The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Joins his ancestors at age 83

The late Alaafin of Oyo was married to Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi, his senior wife. However, he had about twelve junior wives, whom he attended events with.

His junior wives included 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.

Alaafin Adeyemi has numerous children, although the exact number is uncertain.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Related articles

At least 26 villagers killed in latest violent attack in central Mali

At least 26 people were killed after an armed group attacked a village in Mali’s central region, near...

Anti-Corruption protests erupt in Uganda’s capital, inspired by Kenya

Ugandan security forces on Tuesday arrested dozens of people who tried to walk to the parliament building to...

Pro- and anti-government protesters clash in Kenya as police hurl tear-gas cannisters

Anti-government protesters in Kenya’s capital clashed with a pro-government group on Tuesday, leading to the burning of a...

Technological Innovations That Makes Life Easier in Africa

Africa has reaped massively from technology. We have seen smart developers and programmers create awesome gadgets and mobile...