Alaafin of Oyo Is Dead: Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Dies At 83
The imperial royal majesty of the Oyo Kingdom, and top-class traditional ruler from the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, joined his ancestors. One of the most influential monarchies in Nigeria, Alaafin of Oyo is dead according to the report by Premium Times.
According to the report, the third from the Alowodu Ruling clan, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, died in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
The monarch had been sick and a plan had been made to fly him abroad before he passed on late Friday night. A source familiar with the medical travel plan said his tickets and those of a few wives were already procured.
However, the remaining body of the traditional ruler was brought back to the Oyo town, in the early hours of Saturday, and traditional rites began.
He 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.