Alagba, a 344-year old tortoise in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomosho, has been announced dead.
Alagba who was the oldest tortoise in Africa died on Thursday after a brief illness.
His demise was confirmed by Toyin Ajamu, the Private Secretary to Oba Oyewumi, who stated that Alagba attracted people from far and wide to the palace during her lifetime.
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 ogbomosoland, 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. “
Toyin further revealed that the remains of Alagba will be preserved for historical record purposes.