The legend of the Bacoo has also been called “bacucu” meaning banana. “Baku” in many West African languages means “little brother” or “short man”.
The Bacoo is active mainly at night and a satisfied Bacoo will answer the wishes of its owner. But, don’t be fooled by his wish granting powers as the Bacoo can behave in ways similar to a poltergeist, causing misery and misfortune if you don’t keep him happy.
How do you keep a Bacoo Happy? A daily ration of milk and bananas keeps your Bacoo satisfied and happy. The Bacoo is a trickster and without his daily rations he can shapeshift, making itself unseen and mess with people around him.
So, what do you do if you have a Bacoo messing with you? It is said they can be trapped inside a bottle, but not very easily. The best way to go about it is first, attract them with some milk and bananas by putting some into a bottle. Once the Bacoo has gone into the bottle, jam a cork into the neck to act as a stopper. Once this is accomplished, the Bacoo cannot escape.
The Bacoo bottle is then thrown into the ocean.
If you find a Bacoo bottle your wish will most definitely be granted.