300 years old, Baobab tree  that lives  among the dead in Kano


300 years old, Baobab tree  that lives  among the dead in Kano

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

Adansonia digitata, the African baobab, is the most widespread tree species of the genus Adansonia, the baobabs, and is native to the African continent.

The long-lived pachycauls are typically found in dry, hot savannas of sub-Saharan Africa, where they dominate the landscape, and reveal the presence of a water course  from afar.

Their growth rate is determined by ground water or rainfall and their maximum age, which is subject to much conjecture, seems to be in the order of 1,500 years.

They have traditionally been valued as sources of food, water, health remedies or places of shelter and are steeped in legend and superstition.

Known in local parlance  as Kuka, it  is famous with Hausa  adages and idioms,. It   lives  well  across northern Nigeria, it has rich historical, herbal and cultural relationship with the people of Kano.

Investigations  have unveiled the  existence of a Baobab tree that has existed for three centuries , standing alive inside a  graveyard located  in the heart of  Ningawa village in Madobi local government, Kano state.

Ibrahim  Danmalomalo is a fisherman,  traditional healer and sarkin magani(  king of herbalists) narrating the history of the tree said “ the tree you are seeing has a physical, spiritual and cultural history with the people of  our village.”

“our great grand parents have a relationship with this tree, stories from generation to generation have told  to us  about how the tree lived with our great grand parents, about how they use to assemble  under the tree, for communal meetings and social  interactions , in their days.

“  it later became the final resting place  of our grandparents.

“ till today, the tree is standing  inside  the  grace yard ground, where our great grand parents were buried, also we all know  that Kuka tree  serves so many purposes,  till today after over 280 years, this tree still lives with us and serves  as source of food, even schoolchildren , on their way back from school, stop to pick and savor the fruit.

“almost three hundred  years history , we have with this three and we also pass its story to our children, for them to pass it to their children , the story continues and the chain remains, this tree has a long and mysterious history with our community.”





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