Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the 45th Alaafin of Oyo, who died and was buried today Saturday leaving behind 18 wives, couldn’t matched the legacy of his grandfather, who had 200 wives before he joined his ancestors.
Haven ruled for 52 years, Oba Lamidi was the third to ascend the throne from the Alowolodu ruling house.
The 18 wives of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, who may be soon available for grab, could not make his the greatest king with women as his grandfather has 200 women as wives.
Even though he was 83 years before his demise, late Friday after receiving treatments at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, had 18 women as wives who included Abibat; Rahmat; Mujidat; Rukayat; Folashade; Badirat; Memunat; Omobolanle; Moji; Anuoluwapo; Damilola; Chioma and others.
The women, 18 of them cannot get married to an indigene of Oyo.
Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi was born on October 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House, and as a member of the House of Oranmiyan to Raji Adeniran Adeyemi (born 1871), who later became Alaafin in 1945, and Ibironke of Epo-Gingin, who died when he was young.
His father (Lamidi grandpa) is said to have had over 200 wives.
Also, Alaafin Adeyemi I Alowolodu, who ruled during the Kiriji War, and was the last independent ruler of the Oyo Empire before British colonialism. Alaafin Adeyemi I’s father, and Adeyemi III’s great-grandfather was Oba Atiba Atobatele, who founded New Oyo.
Lamidi’s father, the Alaafin of Oyo Oba Adeyemi II Adeniran, was deposed and exiled in 1954 for sympathizing with the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC). He had come into conflict with Bode Thomas, deputy leader of the Action Group.
According to rumors, Bode Thomas shouted at him for not standing to greet him as the chairman of NCNC during a political gathering at a party. Oba Adeyemi II Adeniran, insulted, stood and then told Bode Thomas to go home and bark like a dog. Later, he started coughing blood and died while walking back home leaving his entourage. Shortly, Herbert Macaulay heard of the catastrophe, and along with Obafemi Awolowo accused Oba Adeyemi II of poisoning Thomas, and then exiled him from his kingdom. He lived out the rest of his days in Lagos where his subjects still visited him until his death in the early 1960s.
Lamidi Adeyemi succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II in 1970, during the governorship of Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, after the end of the Nigerian Civil War. In 1975, the head of state General Murtala Ramat Muhammed included Oba Adeyemi in his entourage to the hajj. 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.