Alaafin of Oyo,(Oba Lamidi Adeyemi) passes away at 83, after over 52 years on the throne. checking with the list of 13 wives.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Alaafin of Oyo, one of the most influential monarchs in Yorubaland, sadly crossed the bar on April 22, 2022. He was aged 83, making him the longest and oldest-reigning Alaafin ever. He was said to have been on the throne for 52 years.
According to reports, Alaafin Adeyemi passed away in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.his remains were handed to Oyo town in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites have commenced.
The report stated that Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, will make an official announcement upon receiving the news of the monarch’s passing from the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi,’ Bashorun Yusuf Akinade, who will now lead Oyo town pending the installation of a new Alaafin.
Born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House, Alaafin Adeyemi was crowned on November 18, 1970, following the passing away of Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I.
Oba Ladigbolu was from the Agunloye Ruling House and with the passing of Alaafin Adeyemi, who was also known as Iku Baba Yeye, it is now the turn of the Agunloye Ruling House to produce the next Oyo monarch.
Late Alaafin of Oyo held the reputation for being one of the Nigerian monarchs with the most wives. Before his death in April 2022 at the age of 83, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, married a total number of 13 wives of different tribes with one of them being an Igbo woman.
In fact, the late Alaafin of Oyo, history records him being the very first Alaafin to marry an Igbo woman or to take a wife from outside the Yoruba tribe.Olori Chioma Adeyemi in 2020 as his 13th wife.
Below are the list if the late Alaafin of Oyo 13 beautiful wives.
. Olori Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi (first wife)
. Olori Rahmat Adedayo Adeyemi
. Olori Mujidat Adeyemi
. Olori Rukayat Adeyemi
. Olori Folashade Adeyemi
. Olori Badirat Ajoke Adeyemi
. Olori Memunat Omowunmi Adeyemi
. Olori Omobolanle Adeyemi
. Olori Moji Anuoluwapo Adeyemi
. Olori Damilola Adeyemi
. Olori Chioma Adeyemi
. Olori Olayiwaola Adeyemi (estranged)
. Olori Chioma Adeyemi (last wife).
According to reports, not all of Alaafin’s wives attend events with him. Some of the wives are also reported to not living in the palace with the others.
The exact number of Alaafin of Oyo’s children is unknown at this moment but the closest reports viewed all his children as numbering over 20. Most of his wives had at least one child while some having more than one and few others who did not conceive at all.
In Yoruba tradition, all Alaafin’s children are addressed as princes or princesses.
Alaafin of Oyo’s most prominent children include Babatunde Israel Adeyemi, Princess Folashade Adeyemi and Prince Akeem Adeyemi. while others are still quite young and still in their teens.
Babatunde Israel Adeyemi, one of Alaafin’s oldest children, is a lawyer and pastor and is reported to be in his 50s. He is also married with kids.
Alaafin of Oyo’s older daughter, Princess Folashade Adeyemi, is a businesswoman and “women leader” in Oyo State. She is the CEO of Arewa House of Culture.
A popularly known daughter of Alaafin of Oyo is Princess Taibat Adeyemi who is reported to be in her 40s or 50s.