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What You Need Know About The Late Longest-reigning Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi

 

Popular Yoruba monarch, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, is confirmed dead at the age of 83.

He became the longest-reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.

He was born on October 15, 1938, and was crowned as the Alaafin of Oyo on the 18th of November, 1970.

The monarch died in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

In the early hours of Saturday, remains of the monarch were bought to Oyo as ceremonial rites began.

Alaafin Adeyemi is said to be sick and he had been scheduled to travel out with a few of his wives for proper medical care before he passed on late Friday night.

The demise of the traditional ruler followed that of senior Oyo State monarchs – the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi.

According to reports, a new Olubadan has been established but the throne of the Soun of Oshogbo throne remains vacant.

The Balogun of Oyo, Victor Omololu Olunloyo; Yusuf Akinade, head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, is said to take over the leadership of the Oyo town until a new Alaafin is installed.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is anticipated to make an announcement officially once he receives the news of the monarch.

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