Born in Madison, Wisconsin. Leaving the United States as a baby. 4 countries and multiple overseas boarding schools later, COO and Baopowder founder Isa Bako sort of felt like he never truly had roots anywhere. The only constant thing in his life was the yearly Christmas trips to his maternal grandmother’s village in Numan. Located in Adamawa State in Nigeria. Where he found freedom to roam the village, the challenge to climb every tree, and the curiosity to try as many of their fruits as possible. With a few unhappy endings. It was during this time that he discovered his love for the Baobab tree. After failing every single attempt to climb the tree, he finally caved and resorted to plucking the fruit from the tree with bamboo sticks like everyone else. The disappointment of said harvesting method immediately disappearing and replaced with the joy of pending delight from his labor. It literally became his favorite fruit and food additive/supplement.
In July 2017. While reminiscing about baobab, He decided to do do a little online research, and found that Baobab fruit had been granted G.R.A.S status by the FDA, and thus. Baopowder was born.
If you did a quick search for “Fulani people”, you will find an entire tribe of Africans that have been proven “genetically slim”. As a new company, we are in the process of conducting research to prove that Baobab being a part of the Fulani people’s daily diet plays a significant role in said genetics. Click the button below to learn more
Once all her children reached adulthood, our founder’s amazing supermom. The late Wulakai Leonard decided to further her studies, and give back to the world. She went ahead to earn a PhD, and and other specialized training on women’s issues from the University of Trivandrum, in Kerala, India. the University of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, and the University of Nairobi, in Kenya. She then set up an award winning NGO called WISSEA “Women for Independence, Self-Sufficiency and Economic Advancement (Nigeria)”. Which was partially funded by the World Health Organization, and a few other organizations. Unfortunately, WISSEA was forced to shut down upon her passing. Today, not only is WISSEA getting new life from our founder’s Sister Aisha Bako, Baopowder has partnered with WISSEA TO bring you PROJECT GIDA. Click the button below to learn more.