331 Year Old Tortoise In Ogbomoso (Brief Background/History
The tortoise called ‘Alagba’ by the Ogbomoso people. The tortoise is said to have lived for over 330 years at the palace in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
The Current Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III met the tortoise at the palace and it has became a tourist attraction for people all over the world.
the legendary tortoise who lumbers about in the palace is popularly called “the elderly one”. According to the source who sent in this photo Alagba, a giant male land tortoise believed to be 330 years is still alive at the palace of Ogbomoso King in Oyo State.
Since Alagba is believed to be older than everyone in Ogbomoso, permutations about its true age relies heavily on oral history. Its present age was arrived at by situating it with the period of the Soun who reigned then. Alagba was allegedly brought to the palace by Soun Ikumoyede Ajao, the third Soun of Ogbomoso, who is believed to have been born sometime in the late 16th century and who reigned in the 17th.
See photos of the tortoise below.