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AFRICANGLOBE - What began as a way of giving his daughter an alternative to Barbie - and the European standard of beauty she presents - led to Taofick Okoya creating a line of African dolls that not only celebrate the beauty of Black women, but showcase Nigeria's heritage in all its glory.
AFRICANGLOBE - With a booming economy in Nigeria and more African children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed some years ago when he couldn't find a Black doll for his niece. The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist - traditional Nigerian costumes.