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Nigeria's foremost monarch dies at 83

The longest reigning monarch of Oyo kingdom dies after ruling for 52 years.

One of the powerful Nigerian King, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has passed on.

The king, popularly referred to as Alaafin died at 83 years old.

According to palace officials, the top Yoruba monarch died in the late hours of Friday.

Adeyemi died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

The late Alaafin’s first son, Prince ‘Tunde, and other children had received the monarch’s remains at Idi-Igba, Oyo town early Saturday morning.

Palace sources also confirmed that traditional rites had begun but they did not reveal details about his burial arrangement yet.

Adeyemi ruled for 52 years before his demise which makes him the longest-reigning Alaafin.

By tradition, the head of the Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, would take over pending the appointment of a new Alaafin.

Basorun is also expected to brief the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, before an official announcement.

The late Alaafin of Oyo was from the Adeyemi branch of the Alowolodu family. He was born on October 15, 1938.

He lived briefly at Iseyin during his late childhood stage.

Adeyemi III was the son of Oba Adeyemi II, the former Alaafin of Oyo who was deposed and sent into exile in 1954 for having sympathy for the National Council of Nigerian Citizens.

He succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II in 1970 and was crowned on January 14, 1971.

Adeyemi’s death came after the demise of other Oyo Kings: the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Saliu Adetunji, who died on December 12, 2021, and January 2, 2022, respectively.

Alaafin is succeeded by 13 wives, over 20 children and grand children.