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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Alaafin of Oyo: Londoners Feel The Splendour of Yoruba Royal Essence, by Lashley Oladigbolu
An adorable royal essence was felt by Londoners as Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi and four of his wives were welcomed in the Europe biggest shopping centre, Westfield Stratford in east London.

It was great moments when onlookers cannot withhold their quests to snap pictures with one of the Nigeria's foremost and respectable Yoruba kings whose wives were treating their husband (the King) to a relaxing manicure under a frenzy atmosphere. One of the onlookers posing for pictures with the entourage remarked that "Wow! This is glorious.I'm loving this attire.Yorubas are really rich in culture". The blue befitting old skool and agbada gowns simply worn by Iku Baba Yeye and buba styles of Oloris brought the overwelming attentions of many Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike to the exceptional appearance of the royal king within vicinity of the ultra modern Westfield Stratford.

The exclusive pictures of the moments Alaafin and the Oloris with the Oloye Samu in east London snapped by SYNC Paparazzi and made available to Prince Lashley Oladigbolu, the acting President of Nigerian Union of Journalists Europe Council (NUJE), revealed how Oba Lamidi Adeyemi depicts the grand custodian of both rich Yoruba cultural heritage and an authority. A UK based entertainer DJ Abass, was also spotted bowing to the King. Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111 who earlier on Sunday (31st August) marked his 76th birthday and 43rd year on the throne has been celebrated in a modest prayer occasion that took place in Ilderton under the auspices of the members of Asalatul Rahman Group Charity London. Dignitaries who attended the celebrations include Hon. Speaker Oyo State, Mrs Monsurat Sunmonu and Prince A Adeniyi who represented Oyo State governor and the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, respectively. Alaafin is the grand patron of the group.

The Oba and his Oloris were said to later went to unwind themselves with a movie at the VUE Cinemas within the centre.
The Oloris (Queens) are beautiful. Winks! 

Pix Courtesy of SYNC, one of the accredited photo-journalists in NUJ-Europe.

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