Jalli Bush Regeneration Project
Kano State, Nigeria
Guardians Worldwide works with Al Fitra Academy in Kano, who is supporting several Maguzawa communities in Kano State, through communication and advocacy work around the Jalli Bush, an area considered to have spiritual powers by the local Maguzawa or Hausa Animists.
Cutting down of trees and burning is forbidden in this area, because the Maguzawa believe their ancestors reside in the trees. However, due to climate change related drought, many Maguzawa now say that the spirit of their sacred trees, such as the kuka or African baobab (Adansonia digitata), have been exiled.
The tree worshiped most fervently by the community is the African Myrrh, or Dashi (Commiphora Africana), which is of outstanding importance to these people.
Kure, the main protector spirit, actually lives in this tree.
The African Myrrh is an extremely valuable tree, producing plenty of food and medicine to cure fertility problems, wounds, gum disease, stomach problems, and much more.
It is a tree known for its longevity and continuity. Its stalks can be planted straight into the ground and regrown.
The Maguzawa are extraordinary tree guardians, because they know that health and life itself depends on the good life of trees!
Our work is leading up to a fundraising campaign to purchase Jalli Bush for its protection and veneration for future generations.
Please donate to Guardians Worldwide. Your contributions will go toward the work Al Fitra Academy does in support of Maguzawa villagers do to patrol and monitor Jalli Bush and the kuka tree from logging and fires.
The sacred Dashi tree or African Myrrh (Commiphora Africana)
A World for the Maguzawa, directed by Nicolas Salazar Sutil and written by Kamilu Hassan Hamza