Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi) Bio, wiki, age, death, wives, other updates.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, The Late Alaafin of Oyo ,Was born in Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi On October 15, 1938, into the Alowolodu Royal House of the Famous Oyo town . He spent a brief period of his boyhood in Iseyin, where he learned the fundamentals of Islam.
Alaafin of Oyo died in the late hours of Friday, April 22 at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital , Ado Ekiti.
He was 83 years old and the longest reigning Alaafin in history, ruling for 52 years.
His father, Raji Adeniran Adeyemi II, became Alaafin in 1945 and was deposed and sent into exile in the year 1954 for sympathizing with the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC). Oba Adeyemi II had come into conflict with Bode Thomas, deputy leader of the Action Group.
Adeyemi III’s great-grandfather, Atiba was Oba Atiba Atobatele, who founded New Oyo while his great-great-grandfather was Alaafin Abiodun direct descendant of Oranmiyan, the founder of the Oyo Empire.
Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi): Early Life
During his late childhood stage, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi lived briefly at Iseyin where he learnt the basic rudiments of Islamic.
He is a lover of boxing, as he was a boxer before ascending the throne of his fathers
Lamidi Adeyemi III began his education at a Quranic School in Iseyin, after his primary education, he was offered admission into Igbobi College and St. Gregory’s College, Obalende. He chose to attend St. Gregory’s College Obalende.
Lamidi worked briefly at the Royal Exchange Assurance in Lagos, while working at the Royal Exchange.
He was honoured with the national honour of CFR at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos in 1979.
Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi): Career
Lamidi Adeyemi was chosen by the kingmakers on November 18, 1970, and then moved into the palace after completing the necessary rites under the tutelage of the Oyomesi.
Oba Lamidi became the Alaafin of Oyo in November 18, 1970, succeeding Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, This happened during the governorship of Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, shortly after the civil war. He was known popularly as Iku Baba Yeye.
In 1980, the Federal Government appointed Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as the pioneering Chancellor of their newly established University of Sokoto, now Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, where he spent 12 years, a feat yet to be matched by anybody in the annals of chancellorship of university of Nigeria.
Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi): Personal Life, Wives & Children
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi had married two of his wives Alhaja Olori Abibat Adeyemi (Iya Dodo) and Alhaja Olori Rahmat Adedayo Adeyemi (Iya Ilekoto) before his ascension to the throne of his forebears. Some of his notable children are Late Alhaja Kudirat Akofade Erediuwa, Barrister Babatunde Adeyemi, Princess Folasade Arewaomoba, Princess Taibat Adeyemi, Prince Nurudeen Adesegun Adeyemi,Prince Akeem Adeniyi Adeyemi (Skimeh), and Prince Adebayo Fatai Adeyemi. He presently has seven wives and is a lover of boxing, as he was a boxer before ascending the throne of his Fathers. In February 2018, the 80-year old monarch welcomed a set of twins with one of his young wives, Memunat.
His children seem to be doing well across different sectors; Prince Akeem Adeyemi AKA Skimeh was a two-term Chairman, Atiba Local Government and the present honourable representing Afijio/Oyo East/ Oyo West/Atiba Federal Constituency in the House of Reps; Princess Adetutu Adeyemi-Akhigbe, the Honourable Commissioner of Culture in Governor Ajimobi’s first term and Princess Folasade Adeyemi, a cultural ambassador and CEO, Arewa House of Culture.
Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi): Quick facts about the Alaafin of Oyo
- He is the first Alaafin of Oyo to have married an Igbo woman or going outside the Yoruba land to get a wife
- Oba Adeyemi was removed as permanent chairman of the Council of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State on May 3, 2011 by the then governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala.
The Alaafin supported the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) during the April 2011. elections.
- He was chancellor of Uthman dan Fodiyo University in Sokoto from 1980 to 1992
In 1990, President Ibrahim Babangida appointed him Amir-ul-Hajj in recognition of his commitment to the consolidation of Islam in Nigeria.
- He was on the entourage of the late Head of State General Murtala Mohammed to Hajj in 1975.
Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi): Net Worth
The current net worth of the Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi) has not been released by Forbes. He is a wealth rich Yoruba King worth billions of naira. The Alaafin of Oyo is also one of the richest kings in Nigeria. He is a top-rated first-class King in Nigeria and has been a leader of the Yoruba nation for years. The Alaafin of Oyo is also a wealthy businessman with many landed properties in Nigeria and Abroad.
Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi)is a holder of the Nigerian national honour of the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR). was also him who installed the late Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO) as the Aare Ona Kakanfo (Field Marshal or Generalissimo) of Yorubaland in 1988. The Alaafin of Oyo also bestowed on the talented singer, Salawa Abeni whom he crowned the Queen of Waka Music in 1992.
Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi): Chancellor Of Uthman Dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III was the chancellor of Uthman dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto from 1980 to 1992. In 1990, he was appointed Amir-ul-Hajj by the then former military president, Ibrahim Babangida. The Alaafin of Oyo and the Ooni of Ile Ife are believed to be the two most powerful Yoruba Kings.
Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi): Death
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the third member of the Alowodu Ruling House, died on Friday night, 22nd April 2022, at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State in South-West Nigeria.
According to palace sources, the remains of the senior Yoruba traditional ruler were taken to Oyo town, 62 kilometers from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in the early hours of Saturday, 23rd April 2022, and traditional rites began.