The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, is celebrating his 50th year on the throne of his forefathers today, January 14.
The monarch stated in a post on Instagram that ascending the throne was a dream come true for him and noted that God and posterity have been favourable to Oyo since he became king.
Noting how hard it was to get to the point Oyo is at today, Oba Lamidi thanked his people on behalf of himself and his family for their unflinching support.
Below is what he wrote:
Today, on the 14th of January, 1971 makes it exactly 50yrs I ascended the throne of my forebears as Alaafin. It was a dream come true, a prophesy foretold that the heavens had accented to when I wrote that piece of article and published it “I SHALL BE NEXT ALAAFIN” .
God and posterity had been favorable to us all in Oyo because all who looks back to the Oyo they knew then, the one I met and what it had transformed to today, definitely, they would all understand that the era of Adeyemi have brought so much development to Oyo.
As a traditional ruler it was never an easy feat or walk in the park to get to where we are today in Oyo and definitely this is not the time to rest because there is still so much to achieve, so many development ideas to be implemented and so many mountains to cross.
On behalf of my myself, my family, I want to thank all the good people of Oyo for their unflinching support and love for me as their king because as a family we have stood together since I ascended and we are still standing together and we are going to continue to stand together because “awa onilu ao oni fe ko tu”.
Let us all continue in our strides and efforts in making Oyo great, we have no two home, we can not deny our home and sincerely we all love this town irrespective of the economic situation of our country because we want our town to develop even more, I Alaafin Oba Adeyemi III will always be in the front of the vanguard for the development of Oyo, Oyo State, Yoruba land and Nigeria.
Today, I join you all in celebrating this once in a lifetime event of seeing an Alaafin celebrating a golden jubilee on the throne in our generation because it is only God who have made such happen. I thank you for all your love and support, God bless you all. Ajise bi Oyo l’ari, Oyo koni se bi enikan”.
Ile Oyo a gbe wa. Ipinle Oyo a San wa si rere. E se ooooo
His youngest wife, Queen Dami, also took to social media to express joy over the remarkable occasion.
In the post which she shared via her official Instagram page, she put up a video of the monarch where he danced joyfully in the midst of people and musicians as other rulers sprayed him money.
The excited queen who noted that staying on the throne has not been easy also shared throwback photos of her king and arranged them according to age.
Queen Dami eulogised her king in Yoruba and also wished him long life, good health, and wealth on the throne.