Yorubaland in mournful mood, as Alaafin passes on.

Death almost always brings about unhappiness and despair for those who have lost someone, especially a distinguished Paramount who was resilient and a Humanist per excellence.

And so on Friday , 22nd of April, 2022, death came nocking at the door of a Royal Father, who was an embodiment of intellectualism in Royalty, and the Veritable Custodian of Yoruba culture and tradition, and a certificated Monarch,  His Imperial Majesty, IKu Baba Yeye, Oba ( Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemii 111, the Alaafin of Oyo. 

His Imperial Majesty though had a brief illness but was recuperating before he wA taken to the Age Babalola University Teaching Hospital for a short rest, since everyone knows that IKu Baba Yeye with his endowed intellectual sagacity works round the clock tirelessly. 

The dynamic medical experts at the State of the art teaching hospital gave the Alaafin the best services ever before he answered the divine call of God by bidding the world farewell.

The amazing this about Oba Adeyem's death was that the Paramount Ruleri was still smiling after he passed on to the great beyond , while his body was relatively warm as if he was still alive. 

An Enigma, a Phenomenon, the only Paramount to be conferred with the Senior Advocate of Peace at the United Nations House in New York, the foremost Traditional Ruler to be appointed Chancellor by four reputable Universities in Nigeria (at the former University of Sokoto now the Uthman Dan Fodio University, he was appointed for there consecutive terms of four years each and during which over 300 brilliant but indigent students were offered scholarships to study courses of their choices from his own private purse and not the University; University of Maiduguri until his death,; the Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State; and the Murder University in South Korea with campuses in Nigeria and Benin Republic),  a fearless, courageous and an indomitable Royal Father who would hesitate to call the bluffs of authorities whenever they are erred is gone. 

Though Kabiyesi Atanda Adeyemi  erudite son of Ibironke had departed the sinful world, but his worthwhile philosophy and legacies will live on.

However,  the demise of the Alaafin of Oyo has thrown the entire Yorubaland  into mournful mood.  Markets are not only under lock and key in the Oyo metropolis, as as cross section of residents in their thousands stormed the ancient Palace to pay last respect to their beloved Monarch.

Also some  eminent Personalities in Yorubaland have been paying condolence visits to the Palace.

Among them were a distinguished Professor of Historian from the Obafemi Awolowio University, Ile Ife, Professor Akin Alao, a seasoned Journalist and  the Baroyin of  Itori in Ogun State,   a Senator and Gubernatorial aspirant in the All Progressives Congress ( APC) Teslim Folarin, Fuji maestro, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, the Olubadan of Ibadan land represented by High Chief Eddy Oyewole,  and a renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh  Ajani Bello.

Adeyemi Alowodu, Alabenu a sa si. Kiniun oju abata. Goodnight and sleep well  in the blossom of Your Creator.

“And we wept that our lovely Royal Father  should  leave us with rude shock. Grief is the price we pay for love. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.

"Every man dies – not every man really lives. Death is a great revealer of what is in a man, and in its solemn shadow appear the naked lineaments of the soul.
Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear, to be we know not what, we know not where. Death aims only once, but never misses. It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. 

“Loss and possession, death and life are one. There falls no shadow where there shines no sun. The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity".

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