His royal highness, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, was laid to rest on Saturday, April 23, in Oyo town, Oyo State in southwest Nigeria.
Oba Adeyemi III was laid to rest within the premises of the palace, barely a day after he was certified dead at the prestigious Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital in southwest Nigeria.
Alaafin, 83, popularly known as ‘Iku Baba Yeye, was given Islamic rites on his body, motioning the commencement of his final journey to meet with his ancestors.
Islamic clerics led by the Chief Imam of Oyo town were joined by members of the family of the late traditional ruler and some of his chiefs to offer prayers for the repose of his soul.
After the prayers, his body was taken back to the palace where the final burial was held.
Alaafin Adeyemi, who served as the permanent chairperson of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, was reportedly sick and was scheduled to be flown abroad for treatment before he joined his ancestors on Friday, April 22.
He was the third to ascend the throne from the Alowolodu Ruling House and ruled for 52 years, making him the longest-reigning traditional ruler of the ancient town of Oyo.
The Alaafin was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on Saturday, October 15, 1938, and succeeded Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, as the new Alaafin on Wednesday, November 18, 1970.
Following his demise, the Bashorun of Oyo and Head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, Yusuf Akinade, is expected to lead Oyo town before a new Alaafin would be installed.
The monarch died months after the death of two other top traditional rulers in the state the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi.
While Oba Olalekan Balogun has been crowned as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan land, the people of Ogbomoso have yet to get a new traditional ruler.
One notable attribute of the late Oba Adeyemi III was his love for boxing, a ‘skill’ he had dramatically displayed in public. He was said to be a boxer before ascending the throne.
Oba Adeyemi III was survived by11 wives, the senior among them being Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi, and usually attended most events with her or with one of his 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 And Ayaba Damilola Adeyemi.
He was also survived by more than 20 children and grandchildren.