‘Alaafin’s 18 wives now free for suitors’
By BENJAMIN OMOIKE
The 18 wives of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the late 45th Alaafin of Oyo, may now be available to suitors without undergoing cleansing rituals after the demise of the renowned monarch.
Oba Adeyemi, 83, passed on last Friday after receiving treatment at Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, and was buried according to Islamic rites on Saturday.
His queens, Abibat (first wife), Rahmat Adedayo, Mujidat, Rukayat, Folashade, Badirat Ajoke, Memunat Omowunmi, Omobolanle, Moji, Anuoluwapo, Damilola, Chioma and others, are now available for suitors. “They are not performing any cleansing; they are free to move on with their lives,” he said.
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Nonetheless, he added, “The wives cannot get married to an indigene of Oyo. “Now that Alaafin is dead, they all would be asked to exit the palace with their belongings. Although the properties of the late monarch would be shared among them.”