Tillaman‘s Father, Alaafin Of Oyo, With Yoruba Descendants In Brazil
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III (Who is the father of the popular pop star Adetona Adeyemi, common called Tillaman, who has rebranded into Tilla), at the weekend, temporarily relocated the ancient Oyo palace to the state of Bahia in Brazil, as he jetted out to participate in a cultural seminar in the country, between today and Friday.
The monarch, accompanied by an entourage of 30 people drawn from among his traditional cabinet and other eminent personalities, is expected to deliver papers at the event, which is the 1st Brazil-Nigeria International Seminar for Preservation of Shared Cultural Heritage.
Oba Adeyemi while intimating the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, about the trip through a letter dated July 23, said the Brazilian state was holding the programme in conjunction with Nigeria’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
He said, “The seminar is intended to promote the common cultural and historical legacies and discuss strategies for asset protection. It will also show the importance of the Oyo Yoruba traditions which have evolved in Brazil as a result of the Trans Atlantic slave trade.”
He recalled that Sango, the third Alaafin of Oyo alongside his predecessors remain sacred deities in Oyo Yoruba tradition and history in Nigeria and in the diaspora, especially Brazil.
“As the current Alaafin of Oyo, it is my sacred duty and responsibility to uphold the dignity, responsibility, allures and values associated to this institution,” Oba Adeyemi said as he informed the governor that the trip would prevent him from joining him to celebrate the happy conclusion of the Ramadan fasting and Eid-el-Fitri festival.
The four-day event will among others include meeting with government authorities, visitation to ancient places, cultural presentation, papers’ presentation and document approval.