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FEATURE: ‘Queens of Africa’ dolls outsell Barbie in Nigeria

What began as a way of giving his daughter an alternative to Barbie - and the european standard of beauty she presents - led to Taofick Okoya creating a line of African dolls that not only celebrate the beauty of black women, but showcase Nigeria's heritage in all its glory. Now Okoya stands as one of Nigeria's most promising entrepreneurs and has seen his dolls even outsell Barbie. Of the dolls, Okoyo remarks in a recent interview with Elle: "African-inspired increase little girls’ sense of self-appreciation and confidence. When little girls play with dolls, they see themselves in or as the doll, they dress it in clothes they like and act out their fantasies. The more of their own likeness they see in the things they like, the more accepting they will be of their looks and culture."

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor



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Comment by Unbekannt on January 12, 2015 at 1:48am

I don't like dolls, but I definitely want one of these.

Comment by Trina on January 10, 2015 at 9:58pm

I must have a queen or two for my (ahem) granddaughter!!

Comment by Mawsi on January 10, 2015 at 2:42pm
YEAH!!!!!!!
Comment by Haakim Allah on January 10, 2015 at 1:03am
BEAUTIFUL! ! GREAT STUFF!!
Comment by Siralop D. on January 10, 2015 at 12:00am
I love this! This is another doll to add to my collection of Black dolls to give to my relatives, friends and others to support Black people. :)
Comment by shawn scarratt on January 9, 2015 at 4:48pm

So nice to see those dolls. Couldn't find anything so good when shopping for my Granddaughter a


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