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The Race To Fill The Vacant Stool Of Alaafin Of Oyo Begins



As the late Alaafin of Oyo passed on, it is only customary that another fills the vacant seat.

The Agunloye royal family in Oyo, submitted a list of 48 corrivals to the head of royal princes, known as Baba Iyaji, Chief Afonja Mukaila.

With the customary procedure guarding the surfacing of the new Alaafin, Afonja said it is the responsibility of the Head of Royal Princes in Oyo to forward the list of the contenders to the Oyomesi, the highest traditional council in town.

Two royal families, namely Alowolodu and Agunloye produce kings in Oyo. The last Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi came from Alowolodu royal family, hence, the Agunloye family is next in line.

The Head of Agunloye royal family, Prince Samuel Adebola Adelana, after a meeting to peruse the names of the princes that submitted their names and letter of intent to fill the vacant seat said “The purpose of today’s meeting is to deliberate on the letters of interest and profile the list submitted to us by princes in our royal family, contesting for the vacant stool of the Alaafin of Oyo.

“After our meeting here, we would take the letters to Baba Iyaji, the Head of the royal princes in Oyo town. His position is to take the letters of interest of princes from royal families from the next royal family of Agunloye, entitled to produce the next Alaafin of Oyo”.

“From Agure ruling house, we have two contestants; Oke Agbo Gbadegesin, 10 contestants; Ilaka Alawuwo, nine princes; Isale Oja, 14 contestants and Ladigbolu ruling house presented 13 contestants. The total is 48 contestants. We would now proceed to Baba Iyaji residence to present the list to him”he  added.


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