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BABAKEJI, An Old Oyo Man Who Have Served Three Alaafin(s)
Baba Keji is known to be a companion in the Alaafins palace, who possesses authentic facts about a lot of histories as far as the kingship and palace is concerned.
Pronunciation of His Name Kéjì
For those who understand how signs are etched on words; Kéjì is pronounced mi do. Bàbá (do mi) Kéjì (mi do). Bàbá Kéjì (Do mi mi do). This is the correct pronunciation of Bàbá Kéjìs name.
Who is Baba Keji?
In his heyday, while he was relatively young, Morenikeji Lasisi alias Baba Kéjì was always around the Alaafin. Baba was Alaafins companion.
At times, he usually joined the Alaafin on brief hunting inside the palace. The palace of the Alaafin of Oyo is full of mysterious beings. Alaafin, himself, is a mystery and an enigma!
One of the oldest men living on earth, taken in the palace, the man whose name is Morenikeji Lasisi but popularly known as Baba Keji.
He walks briskly in and around the Alaafin of Oyo palace. He is very popular not only because of his diminutive figure but because of his humility and he does not get angry.
Some call him a man with a repository of knowledge of the palace for he has the history off-hand and some call him the palace library or an archive. He is one of the staff in the palace of His Imperial Majesty, Kabiyesi, Iku Baba Yeye, the Alaafin of Oyo.
He has the uncommon privilege of witnessing the reigns of three successive Alaafin. He had been taking care of the late Alaafin Lamidi Adeyemi lll since his primary school days while serving his father Alaafin Adeniran Adeyemi II.
His Age? The Veracity!
He doesnt know his age but sources from the palace calculated it to be 118yrs while some argue hes up to 200 years of age.
Baba Kéjì is not up to 200 years. While rendering his account of stewardship in the palace, he categorically stated that he was quite young during the reign of Oba Siyanbola Ladigbolu, the 42nd Alaafin of Oyo, who reigned between 1911 and 1944.
Bàbá Kéjì, as a young man during the reign of Oba Ladigbolu, was between 25 and 35 years. Oba Siyanbola Ladigbolu joined his ancestors in 1944. That was about 80 years ago. Adding his age at that time to 80 years, Bàbá Kéjì is between 110 and 120 years old.
Bàbá Kéjì does not mean second father. Keji, in this context, means companion. It is just the way we pronounce Morenikeji (Ive got a companion). Recall that his real name is Morenikeji Lasisi.
He used to be the Alaafins companion.
Some people are saying Baba Keji is the head of the palace servants. No, he is not.
Kudefu is officially the head of the palace servants. In the Old Oyo Kingdom/Empire, Kudefu is a special position.
Kudefu has a dedicated quarters in the palace, just like the head of butlers in the Buckingham Palace of the ancient British Empire. In an interview on what he does in the palace, the man laughed with full confidence, beating his chest and said, I am one of the servants of the king, I run errands for him, he declared with full satisfaction, happiness and pride.
Morenikeji Lasisi alias Bàbá Kekere is the oldest and shortest person in the Alaafin of Oyos palace. He served Oba (Alhaji) Adeniran Alabi Afolabi Adeyemi II (the father of the Alaafin that just joined his ancestors in 2022) between 1945 and 1955.
He served Oba Bello Gbadegesin Oladigbolu II between 1956 and 1968.
He served Oba Lamidi Atanda Olayiwola Adeyemi III between 1971 and 2022.
Baba Keji, as he is popularly called, is blessed with rare longevity.
He is still healthy and agile before the death of late Oba(hrm) lamidi Adeyemi 111. Baba Keji sees and hears well. He walks well and recollects past events vividly. Ask him anything about past historical events, he will tell you.
Bàbá Kéjì is happily married and has four children. The name of Baba Kejis children are- Azeez (dead), Fatimah, Madinah and one other child. His wife is still with him.
Baba Keji spoke about his family and said none of his children lives with him at the palace, he said his children live in the Northern part of the country while his wife lives with
Bàbá kéjì is a loyal steward and unrepentantly dedicated to his primary duties in the palace of His Imperial Majesty, the Alaafin of Oyo. He performs his duties, diligently, as assigned by the Alaafin.
May Almighty Allah grant him Aljana Firdaus