Bibi Maria, a great grandmother and storyteller
Feeling lucky to have escaped the Lions, Tata&Squack talk about a great storyteller in their life. “You know Squack, Bibi told me once, that the Masai men used to conquer a woman’s heart by defeating a lion.” After our own encounter with the King of animals, I am very impressed by the courageous deed of Masai men. “For those of you, who do not know, Bibi means ‘grandmother’ in Swahili. Bibi Maria looked after me when my Mum and Dad were doing their fieldwork. I miss her a lot. She is very wise and knows a lot about nature. She told me endless stories about Africa and its animals when we sat on the veranda at sunset, mending my bag. Sharp treasures I found on my explorations often made holes in it. Now my bag looks cool because Bibi always patched it with colourful pieces of cloth. Bibi belongs to the Masai, an African tribe that loves colours. This cuddly colorful blanket was my farewell present from her, I take it everywhere I go. A memory of her and her stories in my mind”.