Alaafin of Oyo Death: Facts You Need To Know About Oba Lamidi Adeyemi

Alaafin of Oyo Death: Facts You Need To Know About Oba Lamidi Adeyemi
Alaafin of Oyo in photo with wives

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III has joined his ancestors, bringing an end to his 52-year-old illustrious reign on the throne.

Adeyemi joined his ancestors on Friday, at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

The remains of the Alaafin of Oyo has since been taken to his palace.

Biography of The Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi III.

As the public await funeral arrangements for Iku baba yeye as he was fondly called, here are five facts about Adeyemi’s life and time.

  • 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.


  • Alafin was the was the chancellor of Uthman dan Fodiyo University in Sokoto from 1980 to 1992.  He was also a 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.
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  • Adeyemi 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 Adeyemi, Ayaba Anuoluwapo Adeyemi, And Ayaba Damilola Adeyemi.

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  • Alafin is succeeded by more than 20 children and grand children.