Late on Friday night, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi dies in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State’s capital and the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital.
According to palace sources in Oyo, the state capital of Oyo State in the west of Nigeria, a funeral procession began in the early hours of Saturday morning for a prominent Yoruba king who died earlier that day.
His reign as Alaafin lasted 52 years and he was 83 years old at the time.
Upon receiving the news of the monarch’s death from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, who heads the ‘Oyo Mesi,’ the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is anticipated to make an official declaration.
It had been planned to airlift the monarch out of the country before his death late Friday night.
He and several of his wives’ tickets have already been purchased, a person acquainted with the medical travel plan tells us.
The death of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi, happened months after the deaths of the two other senior Oyo State monarchs. All of this transpired in a span of just over four months.
A new Olubadan has been installed, but the Soun throne remains vacant.
On October 15, 1938, Alaafin Adeyemi was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi into the Alowolodu Royal House in Oyo’s renowned Oyo town.
On November 18, 1970, Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II was crowned, replacing Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I. “Iku Baba Yeye” was his most common nickname.
The Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, which he chaired for the duration of his reign, was named in his honour.
After the death of Alaafin Adeyemi, the Agunloye Ruling House is now in charge of producing the next Oyo king. Alaafin Ladigbolu, Mr. Adeyemi’s predecessor, was also an Agunloye House member..