Meet The World’s Oldest Tortoise, 330 Year-Old Alagba Found In South-West Nigeria (Photos)

Published 2 years ago by: Mister Jay Wonder
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Meet Alagba, a giant 330-year-old male land turtle, who is probably the oldest living being in Ogbomosoland and even in the world!


This fact, however, complicates the process of determination the actual age of a local celebrity, popularly called “the elderly one”.

According to Gossip Mill Nigeria sources, Alagba enjoys his life at the palace of Ogbomoso King in Oyo state.


Locals say that Alagba was brought to the palace about three centuries ago by Soun Ikumoyede Ajao, the third Soun of Ogbomoso. Soun Ikumoyede Ajao was reportedly born in the late 16th century and reigned since 1770 to 1791.


Alagba is said to be guarded by the Soun of Ogbomoso himself,  and three caretakers: Mr Adeniyi Alagbe, Mr Abdulahi Bello and Baba Iyabo.

They say the animal, whose weight is over 100kg, eats three times a day and its meals are prepared along with people’s food in the palace.
“He usually eats food of  three to four people whenever it is eating and finishes one and half bucket of water which he takes once in every three months, “ Mr Bello said.
 
Mr Alagbe added: “No matter how heavy a person is, Alagba will carry him or her on its back and be moving about,  but the incumbent Oba, who cares so much about the well-being of Alagba, stopped people from climbing  on its back as the animal got older.”

In an interview with Daily Trust, Suleiman Abdullahi, Alagba’s photographer, said the creature used to be caged and chained for its protection from thieves. Unfortunately, captivity affected its legs and perforated its shell.

 

“The animal has attracted lots of tourists from all over the world and majority of them even wished to take the tortoise away, if they were permitted,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nigerians in Osogbo are still waiting for representatives of Guinness Book Of Records to come and confirm Alagba’s age.
At the moment the a Seychelles giant tortoise named Jonathan, whose age is about 184 years, is believed to be the oldest known living reptile on earth.
 
Jonathan lives on the island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.

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OZIAMA23 at 09:26 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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I go lik see dis tortoise o
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DJSNIPPER at 09:40 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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TURTLE NOT TORTOISE mr poster
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youngrashy at 09:56 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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This na our forefathers ooo
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Mykie010 at 10:18 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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For ashobo.....u sure say no be jazz man be that..
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diutopep at 10:28 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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I know...there's no other place this kind of thing will be found if not in Niaja...
So, who wan try us?Huh?
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diutopep at 10:33 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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Please, they should give it a Befitting Burial the day it will die...
LOLSSSS
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kacylee at 10:55 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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THE CREATURE LOOKS REALLY OLD AND TIRED

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gogoman at 11:05 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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THEY SHOULD ASK HER FOR NAIJA SOLUTION SINCE SHE SAW IT ALL......
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emytex74 at 11:29 AM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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The mbe is really big nawaa oooo
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kison at 04:12 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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SO THIS IS NEWS TOO,,,ABI,, YEYE POSTER,,,,,,,,,,BE CAREFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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olowoinlionsden at 06:32 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: OZIAMA23 on 09:26 AM,  3/12/2016
I go lik see dis tortoise o
. Go to Soun's Palace in Ogbomoso.
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AmazingMarie at 07:57 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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the tortoise is lucky it's not in Nigeria this is big time bush meat.
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AmazingMarie at 07:58 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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the tortoise is lucky it's not in Nigeria this is big time bush meat.
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Trueyarn at 08:02 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: DJSNIPPER on 09:40 AM,  3/12/2016
TURTLE NOT TORTOISE mr poster
Abeg correct us sir.
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Trueyarn at 08:04 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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Yes Alagba is very old and he's most respected in the palace he has his own building in the palace.
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Trueyarn at 08:06 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: OZIAMA23 on 09:26 AM,  3/12/2016
I go lik see dis tortoise o
My brother he no hard to see everyone is free to see him just take a ride down to Ogbomoso ask of Soun palace opposite Oja Jagun.
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1marviz at 08:26 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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Na  wa o
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osarobo62 at 08:44 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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who registered the date of birth  Huh? Huh?
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olowoinlionsden at 09:16 PM, 3/12/2016 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: osarobo62 on 08:44 PM,  3/12/2016
who registered the date of birth  Huh? Huh?
. Ogbomoso Palace Historians. The exact date of birth might not be known, but the periods of the Reign of the Obas,(Soun) are taken into consideration to know the time of Arrival of the turtle in the Palace.
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