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Akiki Dolls help children connect with their ethnicity

Written by: Lengwadishang Ramphele

After struggling to find a suitable doll for her daughter, author and creator of the Akiki dolls, Fatuma Abdullah embarked on a journey to create a doll that her daughter can easily relate to.

She says she wanted a doll with brown skin and curly hair but could not find it anywhere.

She did her research and found a manufacturer that help her develop her custom-made doll and to date, she has created a series of dolls and related short stories to address the diversity gap and also to celebrate African children.

I wanted my daughter to know that being different is not ailing, we don't have to be Barbie and we need to start embracing who we are from a very young age.

Fatuma Abdullah, author and creator of the Akiki dolls

It was a conscious decision that I need to surround my children with stuff that looks like them and things that represent them because it goes a long way in building your confidence as you grow up.

Fatuma Abdullah, author and creator of the Akiki dolls

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Akiki Dolls help children connect with their ethnicity




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