The Alaafin of Oyo oba lamidi adeyemi is dead.
He was 83 years old.
The Alaafin of Oyo oba Lamidi is the top Yoruba monarch who died in the late hours of Friday, according to palace officials.
The late Alaafin’s of Oyo first son, Prince ‘Tunde, and other children had received the monarch’s remains at Idi-Igba, Oyo town early Saturday morning.
Oba Adeyemi ruled for 52 years before his demise, making him the longest-reigning Alaafin on the throne.
By tradition in the OYO kingdom, the head of the Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, would take over pending the appointment of a new Alaafin.
Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo is also expected to brief the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, before an official announcement.
The late Alaafin of Oyo was from the Adeyemi branch of the Alowolodu family. He was born on October 15, 1938.
Oba 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, education, and culture.
Oba Adeyemi III 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.
The education system of OYO state is going to miss most especially Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo for support and development of the school.