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Moments from the Life and Journey of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Longest Reigning Alaafin of Oyo

Oriki Alaafin Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III

Aláàfin Ọ̀yọ́
Ikú bàbá yeye, Igbákejì orisa
Ọmọ a jowu yọ kọ lẹnu
A bi Ila tọ-tọ lẹhin
Pan-du-ku bi soo ro
Ibi ti wọn ti ni ki Olowo gbowo
Ki Iwọfa sọ tọ wọ rẹ nu,
Ṣe ko le ba di’ ja, ko le ba di apọn
Ki Ọba Alade le ri n jẹ,
Ọyọ mọ l’ afin Ojo pa Ṣẹkẹrẹ, ọmọ Atiba
Babalawo lo d’ fa, pe ibiti ilẹ gbe yọ ni aye wọn,
Ọyọ ode oni, ni Agọ-Oja, Ọba lo tun tẹ, laye Atiba Ọba,
Adebinpe OSakẹkẹ, Adebinpe, eji ọgbọrọ, Alade lẹyẹ Akande,
Ọba, aji bo ‘yinbo se le ri,
Omo Ikú, tí Ikú o gbodo pa
Omo àrùn, ti àrùn o gbodo se
Omo ofo, t’ofo ko le se
Atanda l’o gbin agbado oran
S’ehinkule elehinkule
Elehinkule ko gbodo yaa je
Beeni ko si gbodo tu u danu
Ọba taa ri, taa ka po la po, taa kọ fa, lọ fa,
Taa ka pata,lo ri Apata, Bẹmbẹ n ro, imulẹ lẹhin agbara,
Ọdọfin ijaye,o jẹ du ro de la kanlu, ọmọ a ja ni lẹ ran gan-gan,
Eji ọgbọrọ, Alaafin Atiba, Ọba lo ko wo jẹ, Ko to do ri Ọba to wa lo ye,
A ji se bi Ọyọlaa ri, Ọyọ  O jẹ se bi baba eni kan-kan
Pin ni si lọ ‘mọ Erin t’ n fọ la ya ‘gi,
Ọyọ lo ni ka rin, ka san pa, ka gbẹsẹ, ko yẹ yan,
Oko ala kẹ, ọmọ a fo ko ra lu, ti wọn o ba mọ Erin,
Se wọn o gbọ‘hun Erin ni,
A ji sọ la, ọmọa jo wu yọ kọ lẹ nu.
Lamidi Oba, baba e Oba
Alaafin Oyo, a mi ogorun meji ota iban bi eni n mi oka-amala dudu
Alaafin Lamidi Adeyemi, omo Alaafin Adeniran Adeyemi ijosi
Erin wo, Àjànàkú sùn bi òkè

Young Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III with his father, Alaafin Adeniran Adeyemi II.
Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III during his coronation as the Alaafin of Oyo.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III, at a younger age on the throne of his fathers.
Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde with His Imperial Majesty, Alaiyeluwa Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo, during the flag off of the reconstruction of Akesan market in Oyo town.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III with the Former Governor of Oyo State, Late Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi.
The Former Governor of Oyo state, Late Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi; and the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III, as Alaafin admires his image exhibited along the Governor’s hallway while exiting the Governor’s office after a visit.
The Alaafin of Oyo flanked on the right hand side by the Former Oyo State Governor, Late Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi; in company of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State
From L-R: The National Leader of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; the first interim Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande; The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III; the Former Governor of Oyo state, Late Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi.
From L-R; The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Otunba Gani Adams; the Former Governor of Oyo state, Late Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi; Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III; and the Late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I.
From L-R: The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo; the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II); and the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III.
Oba Lamidi Atanda Adeyemi III and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II
From L-R; His Royal Highness, The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III; and former Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Aare AbdulAzeez Alao Arisekola.
The Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III; and the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, who is also the Chairman of Ogun State Traditional Council, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okukenu IV, during the Investiture ceremony where the winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Late Chief M.K.O Abiola, GCFR among other Nigerian patriots were honoured by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on June 12, 20I8 in Abuja.
Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, GCFR, winner of the annulled 1993 Presidential election held in Nigeria and, the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III, during Abiola’s installation as the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III, praying for former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, Ogeni Rauf Aregbesola, when the king paid him a courtesy visit in Osogbo, Osun State.
Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III at the Oyo State Governor’s office with some monarchs who mediated between Late Governor Isiaka Ajimobi and the owner of Fresh FM, Yinka Ayefele, over partial demolition of Ayefele’s Music House located in Ibadan by the state government due to contravention of the Oyo State Government’s Property laws.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi’s 80th Birthday cake
People paying homage to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.
The Alaafin of Oyo with his wives at the airport about to board a private jet.
Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III and his beautiful Queens.
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III and his wives during his 51st coronation anniversary.
Alaafin, his wives, daughter and Governing Council of the University of Lagos during his daughter, Princess Adedoja’s convocation.

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