By Onwe Ikeoha Joseph
A 344 years old tortoise popularly known as ALAGBA in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso has passed on.
The scared tortoise which was the oldest in Africa, was sick for a few days before her demise on Thursday.
The tortoise became a popular breed upon ascension of the throne of the current Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi.
The monarch, provided good shelter and health support for the tortoise during its sojourn on earth.
Confirming the ugly incident, Private Secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Toyin Ajamu, 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 everyone who came in contact with ALAGBA during her lifetime.
He said, ” 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 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”.
The palace secretary explained that plans are underway to preserve Alagba’s body for historical records.