Baobab Stories – About the African Baobab

Heike Pander, Baobab Love

Heike Pander, Baobab Love

Hi, I am Heike Pander and on Baobab Stories (baobabstories.com) I publish stories, myths, oddities, forms of use in former times and today, travel experiences, information of how to take care, data, facts and figures about the Baobab. You will find all sorts of relevant information revolving around the magnificent “tree of life”.

Champman's Baobab

Champman’s Baobab

Baobabs are fascinating! Icons, Giants of the Savannah, Trees of Life – are synonymously used to describe those incredible trees. Uncountable stories evolved around them. They are well known on the African continent and far beyond.

The Baobab has a unique, distinctive look and emanates an almost mystical aura. It may become 1000 years and older. The trees are important for survival for humans and animals alike. Myths surround it and it features as an icon in art and culture.

Traditional medicine appreciates the tree for its healing effects. Therefore, it is known as “pharmacist tree”. Recently the fruit gain international attention due to their healthy ingredients.

Baobabs are a connecting topic all over the world. Not only transgressing geographical boundaries but also with people everywhere. Stories about the baobab are as widely spread as the root system of a very large and old tree.

There is lots to talk about BAOBAB!

Baines Baobabs, Botsuana

Baines Baobabs, Botsuana

My offer:

  • I write posts / articles about baobab with different focus:
    • meaning / use of trees, past and present
    • Medical importance in traditional medicine
    • ecology, biology, geography, history
    • Sustainable use of baobab wild fruit collections
    • Economic importance of fruit for small farmers, southern Africa
    • stories about baobab (myths, legends, stories)
    • Afforestation and protection
    • portraits of individual collectors and producers
    • Increasing market presence of fruit powder and oil
    • importance of fruit powder as a “superfruit
    • Extensive photo documentation
  • Are you looking for specific information about baobabs? I am happy to do a thorough topic research for you.
  • Would you like to highlight the baobab on your website / blog? As an online editor I create authentic and unique content for your platforms.
  • Do you plan a baobab event and need excellent photo material, a photo documentation, presentation or multivision show for your visitors? Based on my pool of baobab photographs I can create a suitable product for you.
  • Would you like to decorate your baobab event with paintings and photographs? I am glad to offer mine. I could even add some of my living baobabs that otherwise decorate my home.
Baobab Leaves, Window Sill

Baobab Leaves, Window Sill

Publications:

Print – for example: (in German)

logo_sa“The Powers of the Baobab”, Article in GERMAN, Süd-Afrika Magazin, October 2016

default_0The New Superfruit, Article in GERMAN, Forum Weekly Magazine, October 2016

 

Logo_foodaktuell_und_alimenta_mit_Baseline_630x500-300x238“Culinary Inspiration from Africa”, Technical Contribution, Alimenta Switzerland, GERMAN & FRENCH, May 2016

 

tp_logo “Baobab: Source of Income”, GERMAN, March 2016

Gondwana_Heritage_eng-209x300“Baobabs – Icons of Savannah”, Chapter 18, In: The cultural groups in Namibia Eastern Zambezi Region (Eastern Caprivi). A Historical Perspective. Publisher: Antje Otto & Manfred Goldbeck. Gondwana Heritage, Gondwana Publishers, Namibia. ISBN: 978-99916-896-7-8, ENGLISH & GERMAN, 2014

ma-logo-frei“Not everything goes to plan” items Motorcycle Adventure, GERMAN, 2012

Online – for example:

  • Forum Magazin: “The New Super Fruit”, October 2016
  • Deutsche Welle: “Baobab – the Comeback of the African Superfruit”, German Broadcaster (German, July 2016)
  • Alimenta Switzerland: “Culinary Inspiration from Africa”, Technical Contribution, Alimenta/Foodaktuell (German & French, May 2016)
  • Die Tagespost: “Baobab as Source of Income” (in German, March 2016)
  • The Huffington Post Germany (German)
    • “A Passion for Baobabs and Elephants” (September 2016)
    • “Why Baobab helps the poorest” (March 2016)
    • “Baobab Ecology: Jumpstart for the Giants” (February 2016)
    • “Baobab: why fair trade of superfruit is so important” (November 2015)
    • “Baobab is the super fruit” (July 2015)
    • “This super fruit is healthier than anything we know from the supermarket” (April 2015)

Guest Articles (for example):

Heike Pander’s Baobab Internet Platforms:

Baobab, Planet Baobab

Baobab, Planet Baobab

Guest Contributions and Art Features

  • Your topic is “baobab“, you have a story to tell about the trees, could write a guest contribution for my website or know an odd story which you would like to share? Please contact me HERE.
  • You paint, draw or create other forms of art and express your thoughts and/or feelings about baobab in your work or the tree keeps on showing up in your photography? Maybe this website could display some of your work. Please contact me HERE.
Sagole Big Tree, Detail

Sagole Big Tree, Detail

My background:

For more than 20 years I have gained Baobab expertise as an ethnologist and author. I collect stories, talk with residents and users of the trees and nurture a lively exchange with scientists, other experts and producers.

I visited Baobab locations in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botsuana, Namibia, Mozambique and Southafrica. Travelling to Westafrica, Australia, Madagascar and to the Caribbean are on my “bucket list”.

  • Over the years I gained intensive work and travel experience in Southern Africa and I regularly visit baobab locations and events
  • I do holistic research on the subject of baobab internationally
  • Intensive involvement with baobabs: I write about them, explore their habitats, photograph, draw, paint and cultivate them. I present my working results in multivision shows and exhibitions
  • 20 years of work experience in development cooperation for German and international organizations (training of professionals; planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs; impact analysis; freelance consultancies; natural resource and border zone management; land rights; participatory approaches; gender; facilitation of workshops and events
  • I work as a freelance ethnologist, journalist and artist with a focus on sustainability, fair trade (tourism, food, fashion), traveling, art, culture, lifestyle and of course my specialty: baobabs
Baobabs, Epupa Falls

Baobabs, Epupa Falls

Educational background:

  • Master degree social and cultural anthropology (major), Psychology & Art History (1996)
  • Postgraduate studies in rural development (1997)
  • Since 1998: self-taught in painting, drawing and photography
  • Training as online editor (2014-2015)

Languages:

  • English (excellent)
  • French (basic)

Further skills:

Organization of:

  • Exhibitions
  • Lectures
  • Events

Implementation of:

  • Qualitative and quantitative surveys
  • Interviews and expert discussions
  • Photo documentation and filming

Moderation of:

  • Workshops, Events and Conferences
  • Colleague Counseling
Baobab Seeds

Baobab Seeds

Memberships:

BBK_Logo_6272-001Federal Association of Artists (BBK), Bonn – Rhein / Sieg

 

bbk_48    Professional Association of Artists, Berlin

 

Vereinigung Deutscher ReisejournalistenAssociation of German Travel Journalists

 

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German Union of Journalists (DJU / Verdi)

Are you interested in cooperating with me?

Please contact me by email: info@baobabstories.com or simply click HERE.

Heike Pander

Open Baobab Fruit

Open Baobab Fruit

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8 thoughts on “Baobab Stories – About the African Baobab

  1. Hello Heike,

    Thank you so much for sharing your passion and knowledge about baobabs. I also am fascinated about these wonderful trees. I’m an history teacher at Lagos – Algarve – Portugal and I’m organizing the celebration of the Africa Day, in May. My fellows and I are planning to build a Baobab (a kind of a sculpter) and I would like so much to present some written stories and myths about that tree. Do you have some stories you can share?
    Thank you so much
    Wishing you a very happy 2016
    Gloria

  2. Thank you for sharing your baobab journeys and the special stories of people taking care of baobabs. They are everyone’s favourites, even people who know little about trees. I love them all!

  3. Dear madam Heike Pander
    Hi
    We are Sudanese businessmen who are interested in processing baobab and market the finish pruducts localy and for exports. As you know we have ,in Sudan , very good quality of baobab fruits so if you allow us to ask your technical advise and experience in stablishing this business .
    Best regards
    Yousif

    • Dear Mr. Badr,
      thank you for your comment. I understand that you are a Sudanese businessman. I am writing about baobab – as you can see on this website but I do not have technical information in how to go about establishing business conections with German traders.
      All the best for you.
      Kind regards, Heike Pander

    • Hi Alex, this depends on where you live. In Europe you can buy them on the internet. In many African countries you can buy them on local markets. Hope this helps. Cheers, Heike

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