Since Gladys van Dal Mc-Kenzie was also known as ‘the Queen of Trees’, the Award Committee researched different local trees which would most accurately characterize Selikor’s ‘godmother’. After careful thought and deliberation, the Kibrahacha tree was chosen.
Kibrahacha means ‘axe breaker’ and it is believed that the tree got its name due to the fact that its wood is almost unbreakable. Trying to chop it with an axe could actually result in breaking the axe. Gladys was a very strong-minded woman with firm convictions and opinions. She was not easily influenced by others.
The Kibrahacha’s blossoms are yellow, golden. The flowers’ color is so vibrant that it’s practically impossible not to notice them when you pass by a Kibrahacha tree. Even when the tree loses its flowers, it leaves behind an awe-inspiring golden layer on the ground. Gladys was like Queen Elizabeth II, she always wore vivid colors. Gladys was a vibrant woman; bright and full of personality; someone you never forget.