Africa is home to some amazing libraries. It has a long history of being one of the major centers of knowledge. Here is a list of some wonderful libraries from around the continent for kids to know.
Make it a date this Sunday in London as Black History Walks in partnership with the African edutainment company Obi & Titi will be playing a double bill of the classic cartoon Kirkou .at the Phoenix Cinema.
There will be a 15 interval in between the screenings and a stall to get Obi & Titi books and items.
For more information on the event click here
If you are a lover of Nigerian food then you most check out All Nigerian Recipes and Food. Started by Flo Madubkie, a Nigerian food-o-holic, the website offers authentic Nigerian recipes, from dishes to snacks, and everything in-between that is tasty. Check out her Youtube channel as she gives a step-by step tutorial on how to make these yummy dishes.
Here at Bino and Fino, we are always on the look out for things that will help nurture young minds. Finding children's books for kids that have a black girl as the protagonist or the main character can be tricky. This is because of the fact that there is very little visibility of black & brown kids in the world of children's books. This is changing with campaigns such as We Need Diverse Books calling for more diversity in children's books
Below is a list of children books that we love and feel celebrate the beauty & uniqueness of black girls.
Big Hair Don't Care
Sunne's Gift: How She Overcame Bullying To Reclaim God's Gift
Princess Cupcake Jones
Love Your Curls
The Tooth Fairy
Jupiter Strong & The Hairy Hippos
Happy Hair Girls
Princess Vinnea & The Gulavores
Meet ClaraBelle Blue
I Am Mixed
I'm Proud To Be Natural Me
TuTu Goes Green
The Nestling Quilt
I'm A Pretty Little Black Girl!
Girl of Mine
Beautifully Made: Abby's First Pageant!
If you like any of these books and are looking for similar titles check out Tutu's Storybook's. They specialize in selling a wide variety of Pan African children's books that celebrate black heritage & diversity for early readers.
Yaa Traps Death in A Basket
A Dance to Remember
Honey Dew's Carnival Fever
Maggie Sinclair, Will You Please Fix Your Hair?!
Princess Me: Every Girl Can Be A Little Princess
From a general position African women have culturally been seen as the weaker gender in most African societies. However, there are many examples of women in Africa who have shaped history and have left their mark for future generations to aspire to.
Here is a list we've complied of African women whose legacy we feel every child should know.
Professor Wangari Maathai
Prof Wangari Maathai was an environmental activist credited for founding the Green Belt Movement. a non -governmental organization focused on planting trees, environmental conversation and women's rights in Kenya. In 2004, she became the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace prize for her contributions to sustainable development and democracy.
Known throughout the world as 'Mama Africa' in the sixties, Miriam Makeba was both a musical and political force. She publicly denounced the Apartheid Government in South Africa, using her celebrity platform to shine the international spotlight on the regime. As South Africa's apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the first time in the 1990. She continued performing in international concerts up to her death in 2008.
Yaa Asantewa was the Queen mother of the Ejisu of the Ashanti Kingdom - now part of Modern day Ghana. In the 1900s she led the Ashanti rebellion against British Colonialism. The speech she gave to the traditional chiefs inspired the chiefs and soldiers to fight against the British for the release of King Prempeh who had been captured by the British. She is revered as a symbol of nationhood.
Nkosazana Flamini - Zuma
Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini – Zuma is a South African politician and anti – apartheid activist. She was South Africa’s Minister of Health from 1994 to 199, under Nelson Mandela, then Minister of Foreign Affairs from 17 June 199 to 10 May 2009, under President Thabo Mbeki.
In 2012, Dlamini- Zuma was elected by the African union Commission as its chairperson, making her the first woman to lead the organisation.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the the current President of Liberia, in office since 2006. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup after which she left Liberia. She won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January, 2006 and was successfully won a second term as president in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.
Queen Amina of Zazzau
Queen Amina was a Hausa Warrior Queen from the 16th Century who ruled over the Kingdom of Zazzau (Zaria) in what is now North-Central Nigeria. She is credited for building the strong earthen walls around the city, which was the prototype of the fortifications used in all Hausa states. As queen she made Zazzau the center of trade and extended her influence across Hausaland.
Juliana Rotich co-founded a software platform called Ushahidi.com, where citizens can report post-election violence and have them mapped out via Google Maps.
She is also the founder of iHub, an innovation hub for other like-minded technologists, and Mobisoko, a mobile app marketplace. As if all that wasn’t enough, Juliana is also a TED Senior Fellow and was named among The Guardian’s 100 Top Women, and serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Information Communications Technology.
Queen Nzinga of Angola
Queen Nzinga of Angola was a 17th century queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in South-western Africa which is now Angola. She fought for the independence of Angola from the Portuguese. Today she is remembered in Angola for her political acumen and brilliant military tactics. A major street in Luanda is named after her, and a statute of her was placed in 2002. Angolan women are often married near the statute.
Mapele is a dance form from Colombia that has African roots mainly from Angola.
You know that saying that variety is the spice of life? Well one attorney is really taking the meaning to the next level. Meet Kya Johnson, an attorney, who became an entrepreneur, that is bringing diversity to children's programming.
She launched her online entertainment channel RainbowMe in 2014 to tackle the lack of programs that had children of ethnic minorities who were the lead characters.
Here is an excerpt from a feature in The Business Journal:
Racially diverse children from African-American, Latino and Asian backgrounds now make up nearly half the population of 60 million U.S. children under age 12. Yet fewer than 10 percent of entertainment programs directed at children feature protagonists of color, Johnson said.
The more Johnson researched the impact of homogenous programming on children, the more she felt that something needed to be done.
“Kids of color who watch lots of TV develop lower self-esteem because they’re not seeing positive reflections of themselves,” Johnson told the Triad Business Journal. “We want kids to learn about each other, and themselves.”
RainbowMe’s site features cartoons, books and games with boys and girls of color as lead characters. Johnson hopes to include content featuring disabled children in the future.
Here at Bino & Fino we strive to provide content and information to help nurture young black & African minds. Educator and mother Ama Karikari Yawson shares the same vision. She delivered a powerful speech at a TEDx event in June where she discussed the dangers of hair conformity & hair bullying in schools as a way of stifling personal development of black students during a period of rapid technological & culture change.
You can check out the video below.
You can also get her wonderful book Sunne's Gift at Amazon.