The people of Oyo town will forever remember April 21/22, 2022. The town’s longest-serving monarch, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has joined his ancestors.
He was said to have been confirmed dead around 11 pm Friday night.
Oba Adeyemi III, whose father was Oba Adeyemi II, died at 83, 52 of which he reigned as Alaafin.
He was said to have died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, where he has been for routine medical check-up.
His remains have been moved to Oyo town in the earliest part of Saturday and was received at Idi-Igba by his first son, Prince ‘Tunde, and his other siblings.
The head of the Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade Ayoola, is expected to take over pending the appointment of a new Alaafin.
Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, is expected to be briefed officially Saturday morning by the Basorun.
The departure of Oba Adeyemi makes it three, the numbers of prominent Oyo kings that have joined their ancestors in the last five month. Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi died December 12, 2021 while Olubadan Saliu Adetunji died January 2, 2022.