The Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, has joined his Ancestors. This sad event took place in the early hours of Friday, 22nd April, 2022.
He was the third Alaafin from the Alowodu Ruling House and he died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites have began, palace sources told CrossfireReports.
Alaafin Adeyemi was 83 years old and the longest reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is expected to make an official announcement upon receiving the report of the monarch’s passing from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, who will now lead Oyo before a new Alaafin is installed.
The monarch who had been sick was to be flown abroad before he died late Friday night. Plans had reached an advanced stage for him and some of his wives to accompany him on the continuation of hmedical
A source familiar with the medical travel plan said his tickets and those of a few wives were already procured.
His death happened after the deaths of two other senior Oyo State monarchs, Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan, and Jimoh Oyewumi, the Soun of Ogbomoso. All of whic took place within five months.
Although a new Olubadan has been enthroned, the Soun throne remains unoccupied.
With the death of Alaafin Adeyemi, the Agunloye Ruling House now has the task of producing the next Oyo monarch. Bello Ladigbolu, Alaafin Adeyemi’s predecessor, was from the Agunloye House.