What is the Order of the Baobab?
The baobab tree, found growing across the Africa continent is known as “The Tree of Life”, because it provides sustenance, in the form of its nutrient dense fruit, when the dry season takes hold. The Baobab’s longevity – anywhere between 500 and 2000 years – also reflects the wisdom of, and reverence, for living elders on the continent. The awesome stature of the Baobab, with its huge branches providing generous shade, ensured that the Baobab would become the traditional gathering place where minds meet in order to discuss ideas and community matters. The continuity of the Baobab would facilitate the continued deliberation, and engagement, amongst those gathered until a representative solution and workable consensus on a particular matter had been established, taking into account the views and interests of all stakeholders and affected partners.
BEN-Africa takes the baobab as its symbol of a responsible and sustainable organisation. The Order of the Baobab is our award to either individuals or organisations for their extraordinary achievements in advancing organisational ethics on the continent of Africa. The award was inaugurated in 2014.