Barbie Queens of Africa

“Queens of Africa” dolls by Taofick Okoya

There are many ways in which racial stereotypes still perpetuate society and steps still have to be taken daily to make sure that the message ‘black is beautiful’ reaches the ears of the children of Africa.

Just take a look at the luminous Lupita Nyong’o who, despite her recent Oscar win, has confessed that she struggled to accept the dark colour of her skin while growing up.

One area in society where white figures still dominate is in the toy market until Nigerian entrepreneur, Taofick Okoya’s ethnic African dolls, which represent Nigeria’s three largest groups, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

Read more: BARBIE QUEENS OF AFRICA – Elle.

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