344-year-old Tortoise In Soun Of Ogbomoso’s Palace Is Dead


A 344-year-old tortoise, popularly known as Alagba, in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, has been confirmed dead, according to the Nigerian Tribune. The tortoise is considered sacred and the oldest in Africa. It fell ill for a few number of days before giving up the ghost. The tortoise became a popular breed upon the ascension of the throne of the current Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi with the monarch providing good shelter and health support for the tortoise during its sojourn on earth. The Private Secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Toyin Ajamu, confirming the incident to the Nigerian Tribune, stressed that the tortoise, which attracted people from all walks of life from Nigeria and abroad, will be greatly missed not only by the palace household but by everyone who came in contact with Alagba during her life. According to Ajamu: “Alagba had lived in the palace for centuries. The tortoise played host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso in the past. Alagba became popular because Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Soun of Ogbomosho land, used his personal resources to cater for her well being. “The tortoise had two staff members of the palace, dedicated to her. They provide food, health support and other logistics, so as to make sure she gets the best treatment. Often times, Kabiyesi shared great moments with Alagba. On a daily basis, Alagba, had tourists visiting her from different part of the world. The palace household, Ogbomoso community and stakeholders in the tourism sector are mourning Alagba’s passing. “

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