I don't have any girls, but if I did, I could see myself spending a small fortune on these dolls. "The Queens of Africa" is a company that specializes in celebrating beauty and ethnicity with a variety of products. Their featured product however, is dolls. This company has definitely become one of my favorite things. Let me tell you why:
1. It's not just about a doll. Its about a message. This is their motto: "The Queens of Africa program is dedicated, through the use of books, dolls, comics, music and animation series, to help empower children of African descent and their counterparts to be confident and matured ethnically. The dolls and materials are designed, through fun and engaging materials, to subconsciously promote African heritage."
2. This entrepreneur is changing the world for the better. "Taofick Okoya, the creator of this great product, has reached tens of thousands of children across Africa contributing significantly to education programs, particularly in Nigeria. Queens of Africa celebrates being an African girl in the 21st century by drawing on the strengths and achievements of our ancestors and bringing them up to date to empower and inspire today's generation of African girls." Check out this interview:
3.These dolls portray class , modesty, and true ethnic beauty. Why does a doll for a child need to be half naked? I have never been able to grasp that concept. But apparently it's a 'thing' because it's everywhere. Creating dolls that are beautiful, stunning, modest, and that represents a culture with crazy style and class? That's the message that needs to be sent out to our young girls today. I also appreciate the fact that the collection is full of variety. Skin tone, hair, and region/culture all play a part in the individuality of each doll.
4. They are available in the USA! They are sold through a company called Slice by Cake (North American Affiliate). Let me warn you though, you have to be patient. They are selling like hotcakes, and are often sold out. Be patient though, it is definitely worth the wait, and supports a good cause.
*Quoted sections of this post have been copied from queensofafricadolls.com.