Alapinni: Big loss in Oyomesi craft

Death is inevitable, no wonder William Shakespeare in his book, Julius Caesar, states: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come”. Samuel Butler also states, “….everyone is immortal, he may know well that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.”

On Sunday, 18th September, 2022, Alapinni of Oyo, High Chief (Alhaji) Abdulrasheed Sheu, was captured by the glacial hands of death after a brief undisclosed ailment. Some hours after his death, the doleful news hit the airwave. The question is: Why is death so pugnacious to take Alapinni when his paraphernalia of office is mostly needed? But nothing can be done to draw the hands of the clock backward than to succumb to destiny and the unchangeable will of the Great Architect of the Universe.

The hierarchy of Alapinni can never be berated in the craft of the Oyomesi in Oyo town, Oyo state. He is one of the high chiefs saddled with the duty of selecting a new Alaafin when there is vacancy, in other words, when the monarch joins the cult of the pantheons. The Oyomesi includes Basorun, Agbakin, Samu, Alapini, Laguna, Akiniku, and Asipa. The veracity of this assertion can be confirmed in the book of Samuel Johnson, titled; The History of Yorùba.

The late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, who transited some months back, has created vacuum in the revered stool. Consequently, tonnes of princes from Agunloye ruling dynasty have been struggling arduously to mount the mantle. Who emerges? Only God can provide the answer to the question.

May God give the bereaved family members the succour and fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. Were there is no death, where are our forebears?

I pray longevity of life, unbridled shrewdness and unfathomable knowledge be showered on the remaining Oyomesi to make them execute their primary function of selecting an eligible candidate, who fits the throne, without prejudice.

May the soul of the deceased rest with tranquility, in the elysium.

Olayode Inaolaji,
Oyo, Oyo state
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