By: Omobola Imosili
Teni and Tayo Creations create products and classes that teach kids about Africa through play, stories, and hands-on activities. Their solutions could be as simple as an African proverb in your toy box or a subscription box with lessons about Africa inside. Whatever it is, Teni and Tayo Creations are excited to share a piece of Africa with you.
I was born and raised in Nigeria and was always surrounded by people that looked like me. Now I’m raising 2 young daughters in California, and we are a minority. After my girls were born it didn’t take long for me to notice the lack of representation in the everyday things for kids, but also the lack of awareness when it came to African culture and history.
Most people only think of poverty and war when they think of Africa, but I wanted my daughters to feel proud of their heritage and to know that there is more to Africa than that. That’s when I decided to start something on my own.
My hope is that the products I create appeal to children from all ethnic groups, while at the same allowing black and African children to feel more empowered, and proud to be who they are.