Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece. The 43yo spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far. 7 years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month.
Margaret Ekpo (1914-2006) was a Nigerian women's rights activist and social mobilizer who was a pioneering female politician in the country's First Republic and a leading member of a class of traditional Nigerian women activists, many of whom rallied women beyond notions of ethnic solidarity