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Historic 344-Year-Old Tortoise, Alagba Dies In Ogbomosho Palace [Photos]

The tortoise, which was described as the oldest in Africa died on Thursday after a brief illness.

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Alagba, a historical 344-year-old tortoise that became popular upon the ascension of the throne of the current Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, is dead.

The scared tortoise which was the oldest in Africa, was sick for a few days before her demise on Thursday.

Confirming the death, the Private Secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Toyin Ajamu, told newsmen that the tortoise will be greatly missed, not only by the palace household but everyone who came in contact with Alagba during her lifetime.

“Alagba 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 shares 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 passage,” he said.

The palace secretary explained that plans are underway to preserve Alagba’s body for historical records.

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