For little girls all around the world, dolls are among the first symbols of beauty they encounter. And while “light-skinned” dolls abound, there is scanty representation of African beauty through dolls; something which might fester a lack of confidence among young black girls regarding their grace and splendour.
UK-based Afropop singer Fuse ODG has set out to correct this troubling development through his new line of children’s play items: Nana Dolls. Set for a launch con December 15, the dolls, which are named after African icons, aim at restoring the confidence of young African girls in the beauty an power they embody.
Since amassing wide acclaim with his 2013 hits “Antenna” and “Azonto”, the TINA frontman has constantly sought to correct various stereotypes about Ghana, and by extension, Africa. His debut album TINA ( This Is New Africa) was released in November 2014 and peaked at number 25 on the UK Albums Chart. He has also been associated with such global music icons including Wyclef Jean, Elephant Man, Sarkodie, Sean Paul, Shatta Wale, and Major Lazer.