It is no longer news that Oba Lamidi Adeyemi lll, the Alaafin of Oyo died after 52 years on the throne and one of the dominant issues about the Alaafin’s death, especially on social media, is the fate of his wives. 83 year-old Oba Adeyemi passed on late Friday after receiving treatments at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti.
In his life time, Oba Lamidi loved w omen, young and beautiful ones at that, and he never hid this fact. Their pictures have been widely circulated the pictures of the king and his wives whom he was proud of in his lifetime.
In efforts to get to the root what happens the wives of the king, BBC Yoruba spoke to some important traditionalists in the country.
One of such personality is Baba Araba of Oṣogbo, Chief Ifayẹmi Ẹlẹbuibọn urges men that are interested in the late king’s wife to be patient. According to him, the wives are still mourning. He said they can only be available after they come out from mourning the late king and most imporatantly, until all rites are performed on them.
He said the late king’s wives are free to marry whomever they want want but, it will come after all these rites are done.
After the Alaafin’s prestige has been removed from them. However, he added that the wives are left behind for the next king. If the new king desires, he will continue as their husband.
“Kings will always leave queens in the palace after their passing,” he said. Going further, he said that presently, no one must go near the king’s wives.