Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo, has died. He was 83 years old when he died, and has ruled for 52 years making him the longest-reigning Alaafin ever.
According to palace authorities, the senior Yoruba monarch died in the late hours of Friday. Adeyemi died in Ado Ekiti’s Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital. Prince ‘Tunde, the late Alaafin’s first son, and other children had received the monarch’s remains early Saturday morning at Idi-Igba, Oyo town.
Traditional procedures had begun, according to palace sources, but no details regarding his funeral arrangements had been revealed. Before his death, Adeyemi reigned for 52 years, making him the Alaafin with the longest reign. According to custom, the head of the Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, would take over until a new Alaafin was appointed.
The late Alaafin of Oyo was from the Adeyemi branch of the Alowolodu family. He was born on October 15, 1938.
During his late childhood stage, he lived briefly at Iseyin.
Adeyemi III was the son of Oba Adeyemi II, the former Alaafin of Oyo who was deposed and sent into exile in 1954 for having sympathy for the National Council of Nigerian Citizens.
He succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II in 1970 and was crowned on January 14, 1971.
He was a lover of boxing.
Adeyemi’s death came after the demise of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Saliu Adetunji, who died on December 12, 2021, and January 2, 2022, respectively.