Who was the Late Alaafin of Oyo..
Oba Adeyemi was born on October 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House and was a member of the House of Oranmiyan. Iku baba yeye, whose mother, Ibironke, died when he was young, was the son of late Raji Adeniran Adeyemi who became Alaafin in 1945.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III ascended the throne of Alafin in 1970 at a young age of 31 shortly after the end of the civil war. He became the king when Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo was the military governor of Oyo State.
The game he love most during his lifetime...
One notable attribute of the late king was his love for boxing, a ‘skill’ he had dramatically displayed in public. He was said to be a boxer before ascending the throne.
His achievements during his lifetime….
He was honoured with the national honour of CFR at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos in 1979, he was the chancellor of Uthman dan Fodiyo University in Sokoto from 1980 to 1992.
Alafin was the permanent Chairman of the Council of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State until May 3, 2011 when former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala (now late) announced that the state government had passed a law that introduced rotation of the Office of Chairman between the Alaafin and two other kings in the state – the Olubadan of Ibadanland and the Soun of Ogbomoso.
He was in his second term as Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri in Borno State when he joined his ancestors.
The late Alafin had 11 wives, the senior among them being Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi, and usually attended most events with her or with one of the 12 junior wives.
His other wives include 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.
“The death of late Alafin of Oyo”
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, joined his ancestors’ at the age of 83, after almost 52 years on the throne and as the longest reigning Alaafin. He passed away in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
May the soul of Late Alafin of Oyo rest in peace….