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Photos: World’s Oldest Animal, 330-Year-old Alagba Tortoise Spotted In Oyo State Nigeria

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March 28, 2016 – Alagba Tortoise’s At Soun Of Ogbomoso’s Palace: Oldest Living Animal In The World Aged 330 Still Alive In Oyo State Nigeria

Pictures: The Oldest Living Animal In The World, 330-Year-old Tortoise Spotted In Ogbomoso Oyo State Nigeria, Meet Alagba Tortoise..

Alagba, a giant male land tortoise believed to be 330 years is still alive at the palace of Ogbomoso King in Oyo State.

History Of Alagba Tortoise At Soun Of Ogbomoso’s Palace In Oyo State Nigeria

The legendary tortoise who lumbers about in the palace is popularly called “the elderly one”.

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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.

Mr. Ajamu Oluwatoyin, the secretary of the current Soun says dating of the kingship of Ogbomoso was started by the elite in 1797 during the reign of Oba Toyeje Akanni (1797 to 1825), the fourth Soun and one time Are Ona Kakanfo (the Yoruba Nation Generalissimo).

Tourism is never complete in Oyo State without visiting the ancient giant male land tortoise.

It is a sacrilege to call Alagba a mere tortoise in Ogbomosoland.



  1. D Hunter

    March 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Surprised! That simply means, Jonathan The Giant Totoise at st. Helena on the British Island that was believed to be World oldest living reptile with about 184 yrs is only second rated to our Nigerian Alagba Totoise in Ogbomosho land at the Oba‘s palace in Oyo State with about 330yrs old. A difference of 146 yrs!!!

    Kai… Naija no de carry last o.
    Me ma i no de remain for one place o…i must….


  2. John Emeka

    March 28, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Nawao just lately dat d one which was believe 2 be d oldest tortoise was released by naija gist

  3. lola O

    March 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    The tortoise is used to symbolize longevity in Yoruba land, it is often used for juju with the belief that the person would live very long. Late Alhaji Busari Adelakun used to carry one around his neck. God is amazing.

  4. Olanrewaju

    March 28, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    I think I’ve heard something like this before now…..the tortoise na real alagba

  5. Precious

    March 28, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    This is one hell of history

  6. Jojo

    March 28, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Who was there when the tortoise was born??? Abeg I nor fit believe this kind story.

    • Fatai

      March 27, 2017 at 8:57 AM

      you no get **** at all… the tortoise was brought to the palace by the third soun of ogbomoso land and it was judged by the time till now!

    • Princess Sherifat Akorede

      June 21, 2018 at 2:46 PM

      But you would believe what storied that oyinbo people/ foreigners feed you with even though, you were not around. Please, don’t dishonor your history and heritage.

  7. my lady

    March 28, 2016 at 11:31 PM


  8. Metu Nyetu

    March 28, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Tortoise news trending. I hope they are correct in the age estimate of that tortoise. And why did it wait until St Helena Tortoise? I hope that somebody in not trying to make money using this tortoise.

    • Deen Agbowa Boy

      May 31, 2016 at 1:06 PM

      meet d elders in the town and confirm

  9. Amazon

    March 29, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    Hmmmmm interesting history

  10. Annie

    March 29, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    I think for such to be reckoned with and accepted worldwide, it’s age must be established by documentary evidence. And that’s one advantage the St Helena’s oldest tortoise may have over the one found in Nigeria, since it’s age can only be deduced by oral evidence. You know the whites are very good at keeping written records from time immemorial.
    A good example is the instance of the world’s oldest man/woman, Nigeria has people who are past that age and are still living, but how many of them have a birth certificate? They can only deduce their age by oral evidence of notable events that happened when they were born.

    • Princess Sherifat Akorede

      June 21, 2018 at 2:49 PM

      And oral tradition is considered a valid means of transmitting historical events, as long as certain criteria are met. Let’s not discredit our own history and heritage

  11. Mae

    March 29, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    This is surprising…

  12. sola olaniyi

    March 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM


  13. Maryf

    March 29, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    That tortoise must know so much and so many things in this world if it could talk. Wonderful.

  14. Deen

    May 31, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Story for the gods

  15. qudus

    June 3, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    wow so nigeria also has a record

  16. kayyoung

    August 25, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Those of you that said it’s a lie or I no belief should take a trip to saun’s palace and ask questions, I belief our lack of adequate records is a big problem even to economy planning of the nation.

    • vincentkay.

      September 15, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      This is surprising.. I believe it. Yoruba history’s are pure and true.

  17. Alli-Afoke Afeez Opeyemi

    November 30, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    One thing about oyinbo is they don’t recognize Nigeria on such aspect because we are black

  18. ozeedorf

    December 27, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    I saw him with my two eyes and make findings about him,his age and status declared here,all were true,so that jonathan is grandson beside Baba Agba of Ogbomosho land

    • Princess Sherifat Akorede

      June 21, 2018 at 2:51 PM

      Thank you, Omo AFRICA tooto. I agree with you.

  19. Dominic Joy

    April 27, 2019 at 6:57 PM


  20. Olayiwola Taye

    October 12, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Yoruba Oldest Tortoise

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