For The Children of The African Diaspora

The Bino and Fino Afrocentric Holiday Gift Guide 2017 November 03, 2017 11:50

2017 has been an amazing year. We are delighted to see more companies joining the movement to create more black children's media globally.  In all of this excitement I thought it would be good to put together a gift guide of some of the products these companies provide.

I hope you enjoys them and share with your family and friends. Happy holidays from sunny Abuja! 

Queen Nzingha

 

 

Children's author and publisher Akua Agusi collection of books that are designed to develop well rounded children through, history and culture. 

I More Kids

A mama run ethical lifestyle brand that is helping children internalise good values and positive beliefs. All children have a right to a good and positive life and this starts with a foundation which is fueled by self love.

 

Daddy Do My Hair

 

Daddy Do My Hair is a series of books which celebrate the unique and special relationship between father and child.

Swahili  Princess 

 

Queens of Africa

 

 

The Queens of Africa dolls are dedicated to help empower children of African descent to be confident and matured ethically. 

 

Nia Ballerina

 

Nia Ballerina is a UK based company and we have designed musical jewelry boxes with black ballerinas. They also have cute bags and dolls.

 

Nthombenhle dolls

 

In Zulu, Ntomb’entle means beautiful girl. The Ntomb’enhle range represents just a few of our south African and neighbouring countries traditions.

 

Zollie Zi

The Adventures of Zolie Zi: Zolie Zi is the main character and narrator in a realistic and comical series of children’s books. 

My Daddy Does/ I Love My Fro

 

Two wonderful books from Case Elisha that explore self love and the special relationship young boys have with their dads. 

Heritage Box

 

a monthly subscription box set specially curated to teach kids about Black history and African geography :)  

Signature African Bag

Aliyah Learns a New Dance

 

Aliyyah is thrilled to be representing Nigeria at the African regional dance competition. But will she ever learn all the moves?

 

I Am Wanda

 

"Where's WANDA?" tells the story of Little WANDA, a young girl who travels to African countries to discover the healing properties of healthy local foods and brings them back to her community to help people in need!

Adorably African

 

For fun and exciting African inspired wear for your kids check out Adorably African. Nothing but print love going on over here :) 

Santana's World

 

Check out Santana's Bad Hair Day! It’s a story about best friends Santana and Milo.  It’s a nice rhyming story which aims to promote diversity and appreciation of self within our children’s books!

Mixed Me Clothing

 

Mixed Up Clothing is a multiethnic children's clothing line inspired by the textiles, cultures and people of the world, to develop friendships through fabrics. 

 

Color My Fro/ The Colorful Adventures of Cody & Jay

 

Two great coloring books from Crystal Swain Bates designed to encourage creativty, promote self confidence and celebrate diversity. 

The Africa Memory Game

 

 A board game with 100 trivia questions of History, Geography and Culture.

 

Obi & Titi

 

 

The Adventures of Obi and Titi is a series aimed to address the lack of diverse children’s characters in today’s media such as books, education material, animation and games. Through these various forms of media we will provide positive, fun and engaging ways for children to learn about African history and culture and its contribution to early civilization

Issosy Children

 

Culturally infused collections for kids, delivering a message of modern heritage & inclusion in high end fashion. They also have some really cool African inspired wear for the kids :)

 

Meltrak

 

Meltrek is collection of animated lessons that teaches children African American history more in-depth and from an Afrocentric perspective using hip hop music. They also have posters and coloring books for the kids to enjoy.

 

Melanin OP: African Fabric Toddler Apron 

 

Here's a gorgeous apron for the minis to cook and craft in! Pockets in front to stash cookies for eating later.

 

Peacebekids

 

The Adventures of Peacebe and the Heartwatch was created by siblings Leneen Faith and David Campbell. Peacebe is a 6 year old boy who has a magical watch named Heartwatch. With the help of Heartwatch, Peacebe can fly, teleport, transform and much more!

 

Ikuzi Dolls

 

Ikuzi Dolls are beautiful black dolls that come in different shades of brown, hair textures and hairstyles.

Zuree Dolls

 

Zuree is a brand that aims to promote diversity and show all girls they are truly beautiful regardless of their ethnicity. The first doll in the Zuree line is Toya, a Jamaica Patois-speaking cutie with dark skin and curly hair. 

 


I Want To Make a Boring Kids Cartoon Show July 24, 2017 12:38

OK I hope that doesn't sound bad. Check out my video below and let me know what you think. 

 


Yoruba Cartoon for Children Compilation. July 03, 2017 14:58

I am happy to announce that you can now watch the Yoruba version of Bino & Fino on YouTube ! There are very few children's cartoons available in Yoruba or any other Nigerian and African languages. It has taken us a while to produce this version and we're excited to have it finished despite the challenges. In the future we aim to have new episodes in many different African and Nigerian languages.

An Essential List of Books & Fun Content to help Kids Learn Igbo May 02, 2017 17:39



Hey guys! Following our really popular list on fun educational content to teach kids Yoruba, we thought we'd put one together one to help parents teach their kids how to speak Igbo and know more about Igbo culture.

The list is not exhaustive so do feel free to let us know of any others we should include on the list. 

Learn Igbo Now!

Books and Learning Materials 

 

On-line Resources 

My First Igbo Words - Video Flashcards for Kids - Igbo Language Video Flashcards from Learn Languages Now on Vimeo.

 

My Book of Igbo Words and Pictures - Companion Videos from Learn Languages Now on Vimeo.

 

 Awukwo

Books

 

Online Resources

Genii Games

Ezinaulo. Igbo 

 

Nigerian Culture Kids

 

YouTube Videos

 

Resources

https://www.facebook.com/igboamaaka/

http://umuigbounite.com/blog/

http://www.icsn.co.uk


An Essential List of Fun Content to help Kids Learn Yoruba March 30, 2017 17:59

 

We put together this wonderful list of cartoons, videos, books and sites that are dedicated to helping Yoruba parents teach their kids how to speak Yoruba and know more about Yoruba culture.

The list is not exhaustive so do feel free to let us know of any others we should include on the list. 

Yoruba 101 with Tughu and Ewa

 

Learn Yoruba with OLABELLA!

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Yoruba  Kids Song)

 

Learn Yoruba Basics With Aunty Funke!  

 

 

Am I Small? Nje Mo Kere?

 

Okojo's Chronicles: Oduduwa (The Story of The Yoruba) - Panaramic Comics 

Let's Speak Yoruba: Nigerian Language

 

Yoruba Alphabet 2 - Phonics

Jelesimi: Alantakun Tin Tin Ni/Itsy Bitsy Spider 

Yoruba Nursery Rhymes: Culture Tree TV

 

African Tales (Ijapa Ologbon Ewe) 

 

Yoruba Ambassador 

 

Yoruba Cultural Institute 

Intro to The Yoruba Cultural Institute from Yoruba Culture on Vimeo.

 

YORUBA TALKING DRUM BY RICHARD OLATUNDE

Little Kids Performing a Traditional Yoruba Dance

Speak Yoruba App

 

 Yoruba 101: Genii Games 

 


The 1st Yoruba Cartoon Show For Children Available On Amazon March 15, 2017 11:29

A Yoruba Cartoon For Children

I am pleased to announce that you can now watch Bino & Fino in Yoruba on Amazon .If you want your children to have more access to children's media in Yoruba this will hopefully be of value to you. Beyond that, the show might be useful if you are interested in Yoruba , Nigerian and African language & culture in general. 

You can watch the first volume here. 

Happy viewing!

Adamu

 


She Decided To Interview Her Nigerian Mum and The Results Were Funny! December 19, 2016 12:24


A List of African Inspired Doll Makers November 04, 2016 13:50

Here at Bino and Fino we are always looking at creating great resource lists about products and services that will add value to your little ones. Taking some time-out we've curated a list of some of the most beautiful African inspired black dolls available for children to enjoy. Please note. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please feel free to let us know of any other African inspired dolls we should add to the list.

Ntomb'entle Dolls 


A List of Black African Made Children's Animated Cartoons October 28, 2016 12:26

As usual in our EVCL studio we were having a passionate debate about African animation for children. Why isn’t there much of it? When will we have African children’s cartoon brands and companies that are just as big as Cartoon Network etc? Are parents & children ready for something like that? The usual questions we usually argue over whilst producing Bino & Fino.


A List of Child Care Centers, Children's Clubs, Museums & Pre- Schools in The U.S. That Teach Kids About Africa October 24, 2016 14:41

A list of museums, child care centers, pre-schools, after school clubs and schools that teach about Africa in significant positive ways. These range from centers that add teaching about Africa into the mix of what they do through to Museums that are focused on the spreading Knowledge about Africa and the African Diaspora. 


Black Dolls Your Child Would Love October 24, 2016 11:24

Finding black dolls to buy for kids can be a bit of a challenge sometimes. Now more then ever parents want greater diversity in children's toys.  After a bit of research we've put together a short list of black dolls from around the world that we feel are making waves and adding value to children's lives.


Nigerian Cartoon Show Brings Diversity To Kids in Portuguese Speaking Countries October 12, 2016 18:58

When you talk about Africa in the world of children's entertainment, very rarely do you see many programs for children to watch to help them learn about the continent. This issue is even more prevalent in Portuguese speaking countries like Brazil where there is a serious lack of media that portrays Africa for children to interact with.

Most children in Brazil know little about their African heritage, African culture, history and the positive impact it has had in Brazil and the world. They are not taught about this in schools, in the books they read or the TV shows they watch. 


A List of Coloring Books That Feature Black Characters October 10, 2016 14:30

Finding activity books with black characters can sometimes be a challenge. We believe that it is important for kids to see themselves not only in their favourite shows but also in their coloring books as well. With this in mind we have put together a list of coloring books that feature black boys and girls that you can get for your little one.


A List Of African Themed Cards & Board Games For Children October 07, 2016 16:00

Playing card and board games can be a good way of boosting cognitive skills development in children.  Though it can be quite tricky to find such items centred around Africa we've found a few we would certainly recommend you checking out. 


How To Make Lovely Nigerian Puff Puff. October 06, 2016 14:30

Simple and easy to make Finger food. That's Nigerian puff puff! It is apparently the next most common yeast food product eaten in the country after bread. It is basically a deep fried batter of flour, yeast, sugar and water normally eaten as a snack. Of course there are variations of it all over sub-Saharan Africa. 


A List of Clubs & Organisations That Empower Black Girls October 03, 2016 14:30

Image, self confidence and beauty is something that afflicts millions of black girls. Of course all girls are affected by this. But especially in societies where black people are in the minority it is important for there to be social groups that empower them to see their inner beauty and enable them to realise their full potential. We have compiled a list of organizations that are empowering little black girls around the world.


Your Children Can Celebrate Nigerian Independence Day With Our Children's Cartoon October 01, 2016 06:00

October the 1st 1960 was when Nigeria gained independence from Britain. The country became a republic in 1963. This is an important part of our nation's history. To mark this we made an episode of our cartoon to help teach children about Nigerian Independence Day.   


How To Tie A Nigerian Gele Head Wrap September 30, 2016 20:30

The Gele is a tall elegant head piece worn by women from Nigeria. Though originally worn  by women  from the Yoruba tribe it has become a popular fashion accessory for all women across the country and a must have for social functions .


The Art Of Sewing Ankara Peplum Tops September 30, 2016 15:00

Ankara is a very popular type of fabric from Ghana. It can be used for parties, functions, weddings and just about any social occasion. The peplum top is a quite popular  style of sewing Ankara fabric. Above  we have the lovely Prissyville showing off her latest peplum Ankara top.

Check out this enjoyable tutorial from this wonderful young lady on how to skillfully sew a Peplum Top from the comfort of your home:)


A Wonderful Selection of Traditional Dances From Africa September 29, 2016 10:39

Cultural dances play a huge role in African societies. These dance forms are used to teach moral values, social etiquette and to help people mature and celebrate members of the community while celebrating festivals and other occasions. African dances are largely participatory and every ritual dance often have a time when spectators must participate. 

 


A List Of Africa Focused Children's Animation. September 28, 2016 17:54

It is no surprise that there a lack of true positive African voices in the world of children's media. What can children watch,  read or play with to learn more about the wonderful continent in a  positive genuine way? Not as some afterthought. The key words being 'genuine' ,  'educational' , 'entertaining' and 'representative' . I'm not talking about Madagascar or Lion King here.  Nothing against Disney but those movies ( or similar) are not what I'm referring  to here as they don't really represent Africa in any real way beyond just being set there.


An Igbo Educational Cartoon Show For Children September 27, 2016 17:45

We are now pleased to say that children can now watch our educational cartoon show, Bino and Fino in the Igbo language.  It is something we are very excited about. Bino and Fino is an educational cartoon with an African heart. The show is made by us here in Abuja, Nigeria. 

 


Watch This Hausa Version Cartoon For Kids September 24, 2016 06:00

You can now watch Bino and Fino in Hausa! We are determined to have the Bino and Fino show in as many Nigerian and African languages as we can. We hope you enjoy it. 


The Igbo Version Of Our Nigerian Cartoon Show Is Coming Soon September 23, 2016 09:33

We are really happy to announce that we will be releasing the first ever Igbo language episode of Bino and Fino by the end of September. Many Igbo speaking families don’t really have options when it comes to indigenous educational cartoons in the Igbo language. We hope to help change this situation with this version of our show.

Look out for it and spread the word.