Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Alaafin of Oyo, dies at the age of 83

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A report from Premium Times newspaper, a prominent Yoruba monarch, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has died.

He died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State in South-West Nigeria, according to reports.

The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday, according to palace sources quoted in the report.

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Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo state, is expected to make an official announcement after receiving word of the monarch’s death from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi,’ who will now lead Oyo until a new Alaafin is installed.

The 83-year-old monarch reigned for 52 years, making him the longest reigning Alaafin ever.

Oba Adeyemi was scheduled to be flown abroad for treatment following a sickness before passing away late Friday night.

A source familiar with the proposed medical trip said tickets were already purchased for him and a few wives expected to accompany him.

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His death came less than five months after the deaths of two other senior Oyo state monarchs, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi.

While the Soun throne remains vacant, a new Olubadan has been installed.

Alaafin Adeyemi ascended the throne on November 18, 1970, succeeding Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I. He was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938, into the Alowolodu Royal House of the famous Oyo town.

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He was the permanent chairperson of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs until his death. The late monarch was popularly known as Iku Baba Yeye.

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