By Adebayo Olodan
As Imperial Majesty, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi III turns 80, the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Osogbo, Osun State, has lined up International Conference to celebrate the frontline monarch.
According to a statement made available to this medium by CBCIU, the conference themed; “The Alaafin in Yoruba History, Culture and Political Power Relations, will take place between today (Monday), October 8 and Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Oyo State.
Among the Keynote Speakers at the event scheduled for 10 am daily is Prof. Akinjide Osuntokun, Prof. Toyin Falola from the University of Texas, United States and Prof. Akin Ogundiran from the University of North Carolina, United States.
Born on October 15, 1938, Oba Adeyemi, who is otherwise known as Iku Baba Yeye is the Chairman, Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, succeeded Oba Gabdedesin Ladigbolu II on November 18, 1970. He was installed by Col. Robert Adeyinka Adebayo after the end of the Nigerian Civil War.
Oba Adeyemi is the son of the immediate past Alaafin who was sent into exile in 1954 for showing sympathy towards the National Council of Nigerian Citizens.
In ancient times before the pre-colonial era, the Alaafin was seen as an absolute ruler whose powers spread throughout Yoruba empire.
Alaafin, who was working as an insurance clerk and a boxer before ascending the throne, is married to seven women and he attends most events with his wives. A holder of the Nigerian national honour of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and one of the richest among first class monarchs in the country.