Popular tortoise named Alagba has died at the age of 344 in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi.

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Alagba which is said to be the oldest in Africa died on Thursday, October 3, after a brief illness.

The news of its death was announced by the private secretary to Oba Oyewumi who said  the tortoise which made Ogbomoso a tourism centre would be greatly missed.

“The tortoise played host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso in the past, it 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,” he said

“Often times, Kabiyesi shares great moments with Alagba. On a daily basis, Alagba had tourists visiting her from different parts of the world. The palace household, Ogbomoso community and stakeholders in the tourism sector are mourning Alagba’s passage.”

The palace secretary further said that plans were underway to embalm Alagba’s body for historical records.

Alagba had lived in the palace for centuries.