Born in Wisconsin and raised in four different countries, our founder’s only constant while growing up was change. Change and the yearly Christmas trips to his grandmother’s village in Numan, Nigeria where he found the freedom to roam, the challenge to climb every tree, and the curiosity to try as many African fruits as possible.
He recalls one particularly special trip. After countless attempts at climbing a Baobab tree, he finally caved and resorted to plucking the fruit from the tree with bamboo sticks like everyone else did. The disappointment of said harvesting method quickly disappeared and was replaced with the joy of pending delight from his labor. It was love at first sight bite. Baobab instantly become his favorite fruit.
In July 2017, while reminiscing about Baobab, Isa decided to do a little online search and found out about the nutritional benefits of Baobab. 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 healthy”. 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.