Top Yoruba Monarch, Alaafin Oyo is dead at 83 years old

Top Yoruba Monarch, Alaafin Oyo is dead at 83 years old

Southwest Nigeria foremost traditional ruler in Yoruba land, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has joined his ancestors.

Alaafin, a prominent monarch of the Yoruba race, who is also the permanent chairman Oyo State council of Obas joined the ancestors in the early hours of Saturday 23, April.

The 83 years old man was born to the family of Raji Adeniran Adeyemi the former Alaafin of Oyo who was deposed and exiled in 1954 for sympathizing with the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC).

As at the time of this report, there has not been an official report from the palace as touches his death.

Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, died in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites began.

He was 83 years old and the longest reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.

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