I met Kondwani when I was staying in a village near Mangochi. He worked as a gardener for a resort not far away so his English was quite good and his income much better than his neighbours. His son was the only child in the school who had shoes. One day he saw me taking pictures of an immense baobab and told me this story:
“African legend says that God got so angry with the baobab for letting humans drink the fermented juice of his fruit, that he pulled him out of the ground and planted him back upside down, and then he sent the elephants to chew his bark so that he would never forget his sin. Since then, the baobab spreads his branches like roots under the soil”.