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Oba Lamidi Adeyemi: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Late Alaafin

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It is no longer news that Oba Lamidi Adeyemi also known as “Iku Baba Yeye” has died.

While the burial rites of the late monarch have begun in Oyo town, we thought to let you know about some historical facts about the late King.

Historical Facts about the late Oba Lamidi Adeyemi

1. He reigned for 52 years

The late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamide Adeyemi is the longest reigning king of the ancient Oyo town.

Born on October 15, 1938, the late monarch was became Alaafin in the days of his youth at 31 years old. He belongs to the Alowolodu Royal family which has produced at least 3 Alaafins.

Until his death yesterday, he reigned for a period of 52 years, thus marking him as significant in the history of Yoruba land.

2. Late Alaafin Was a Boxer Before He Became King

Late Oba Lamidi was a professional boxer before his coronation in 1970 after the death of his predecessor Oba Gbadegesin Lagidigbolu I.

Though he retired from active boxing early, it is on record that the late king still practised boxing as a form of exercise till his old age.

He was the perfect translation of the popular saying “old soldier never dies.”

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3. He Was a Great Writer

Though his dream to study Law at the university was halted, that did not stop the late monarch from being a great writer during his lifetime.

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Until is death on April 22, 2022, Oba Lamidi was a strong voice that echoed the pains and agony of the masses. He writings were instrumental to several life-changing projects and policies.

For instance, the late Alaafin of Oyo wrote under several pseudonyms in different newspapers. In 1968, he wrote the article, “I Shall Be Great”, also in the following year, penned “I Shall be The Next Alaafin” which came to fruition in 1970.

“Women Liberation: A Misnomer in Yorubaland” is another article the late king had to his name. He was also very popular for his open letters addressed to political office holders in Nigeria.

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4. Late Alaafin has 13 Wives

During his lifetime, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi had a good eye to spot beautiful women. In all, Alaafin had thirteen (13) wives.

Alaafin of Oyo Wives
Late Alaafin and his beautiful wives

Here is the List of Alaafin of Oyo Wives:

  1. Olori Ayaba Abibat Adeyimi (Alaafin’s first wive)
  2. Olori Rahmat Adedayo Adeyemi
  3. Olori Mujidat Adeyemi
  4. Olori Rukayat Adeyemi
  5. Olori Folashade Adeyemi
  6. Olori Badirat Ajo9ke Adeyemi
  7. Olori Memunat Omowunmi Adeyemi
  8. Olori Omobowole Adeyemi
  9. Olori Moji Anuoluwapo Adeyemi
  10. Olori Damilola Adeyemi
  11. Olori Chioma Adeyemi

Though the king is said to be a good husband and manager of his wives during his life time, people have wondered what will become of his wives after his death.

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5. Oba Lamidi: “Iku Baba Yeye”

Though there is no clear story behind Alaafin’s alias–Iku Baba Yeye which is translated as “the one who commands death”, it is supposed that his reign being the longest in the history of Oyo empire is the reason behind his nickname.

Reactions to the Death of Alaafin

Many people have reacted to the news of the late king. Here is what the public had to say:

Blessing Ohikhene Sule wrote on Facebook: “WOW, he lived a good life. Handsome man, may his soul rest in peace, Amen.”

Another Facebook user wrote: Iku Baba Yeye! He was vast historically, profound in his relationship. Matured and mannered, cultured and composed. One of the most reasonable kings in Nigeria is gone!

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Who is the Next Alaafin after Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III?

The next alaafin of Oyo designate will be announced by the kingmakers very soon. Meanwhile, the head of the Oyomesi will be managing the affairs of Oyo pending the announcement of the next king.

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