African World Cup

2010-05-15 11:55

The Baobab Project profiles the six African qualifiers to the 2010 soccer World Cup.

City Press met the people, explored the cultures and shared success stories about Cameroonian, Ivorian, Ghanaian, Nigerian and Algerian compatriot communities ­living in Joburg.

The baobab is an ancient tree and modern symbol of dignity and strength in Africa. Our fore-families gathered under the magnificent baobab to tell stories, solve problems and to bond.

Interesting facts about the Baobab Tree

The baobab is a magnificent and ancient tree found all over Africa. It symbolises dignity and strength. Amongst the communities where it grows, the baobab is revered as a valuable life-source.

The Baobab is Quintessentially African:

  • Bold
  • Majestic
  • Proud
The baobab is much more than a tree. The hollow trunk tree can store up to 120 000 litres of water. Its fruits, trunk, bark, pulp, leaves and shade have been used over centuries as food, drink and fibre for clothing.

Interesting facts

  • Baobab trees live for 1000s of years – the ancestors of all trees
  • The hollow trunk of the baobab tree is used to store up to 120 000 litres of water
  • The baobab fruit have a higher vitamin C content than oranges
  • The fruits also exceed the calcium content of cow’s milk
  • The fruit pulp makes nutritious porridge and juice

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