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Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi dies at 83

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, has passed away.

According to source, the Monarch joined his ancestors in the late hours of Friday 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 has began, source revealed.

He ‘joined his ancestors’ at the age of 83, after almost 52 years on the throne and as the longest-reigning Alaafin of all-time.


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.

It was reported that the late monarch had been sick and a plan had been made to fly him abroad before he passed on late Friday night.

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His death came after the two other senior Oyo State monarchs – the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi died. All happened in less than five months.

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