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N’abali Kids: Weaving Cultural Heritage into Every Stitch of Sleepwear

Once upon a time, in the vibrant tapestry of global cultures, a husband and wife set out on a remarkable journey to create something extraordinary.

Jean and Caroline, the visionaries behind N’abali Kids, embarked on a quest that seamlessly blended culture, comfort, and dreams into the very fabric of children’s sleepwear.

Their story began with the arrival of their firstborn, JD. Gifted with baby clothes made from the soft and luxurious bamboo viscose fabric, the couple found themselves enchanted. Yet, a desire lingered – to adorn their son in designs that reflected the rich cultural heritage of their ancestral land in Nigeria.

Jean, a proud Haitian American, and Caroline, a Nigerian American, had exchanged vows in Imo State, Nigeria, years before. The artisans they encountered while designing their wedding outfits in Owerri left an indelible mark on their hearts. It was this cultural connection that sparked the inspiration for what would become N’abali Kids.

As parents, Jean and Caroline couldn’t escape the profound influence of their personal experiences on N’abali’s designs. Caroline’s upbringing in Nigeria, surrounded by the diverse styles and patterns of West Africa, especially Ankara, became the heartbeat of their creations. The couple collaborated with expert Ankara designers and aspired to partner with Nigerian Design Schools for future collections.

In running their business, Jean and Caroline seamlessly harmonized their skills. With a background in supply chain, Jean took charge of negotiations, strategy, and execution. Caroline, as the Head of Design, sourced partners, influencers, and designers, infusing the brand with a long-term commitment to social entrepreneurship in her hometown.

Their journey since mid-2020 was not without challenges. Navigating factory closures during the pandemic and grappling with soaring supply chain costs tested their resolve. Yet, resilience became their greatest ally. Focused on building a manufacturing node in West Africa, specifically harnessing the abundant bamboo resources in Nigeria, the couple aimed to turn challenges into opportunities.

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The crowning moment of their narrative is the N’abali Kids Kickstarter campaign. More than just a fundraiser, it’s a quest to validate the business, engage with a community of like-minded parents, and gather invaluable feedback for the future. 

The story of N’abali Kids is an invitation to join a journey of dreams, cultural celebration, and the joy of creating a legacy for generations to come. If you, too, find resonance in this tale, become a part of the N’abali Kids community.

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Mompreneur is Teaching Kids About The Africa They Don’t Learn About In School

Teni & Tayo Creations produces STEM kits, toys, books, apparel, and more for kids.

The business is on a mission to help close the representation gap in the products made for kids while creating fun and engaging products that any child can enjoy.

We caught up with founder Omobola Imoisili to learn more.

Teni & Tayo Creations
Omobola Imoisili

What inspired you to start your business?

I was born and raised in Nigeria and was always surrounded by people that looked like me, but 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.

What is special about the way you teach kids about Africa?

I incorporate hands-on activities into the learning process which makes the learning so much fun. Each month I send subscribers a box of crafts inspired by Africa. They’ll make things like a mechanical safe while they learn about King Mansa Musa.

They’ll make a wooden thatch house while they learn about the Ndebele tribe. They’ll make a loom while they learn about African fabrics and so much more. It is the most fun way for kids to learn about Africa! Learn more at

Why do you think it is important to teach kids about Africa?

Research shows that when children learn about their cultural heritage, they are emotionally healthier and have a better sense of self. I believe that when children are confident in who they are and emotionally healthy, they will grow up to create strong communities and influence the change we want to see in the future.

In other words, kids learning about Africa will make the world a better place!

What kinds of topics do you cover with the subscription box?

We cover a variety of topics! One month we did a country profile on Ghana, another month we discussed the Dahomey warriors and the Woman King movie by Viola Davis, and another month we talked about King Mansa Musa, the richest man who ever lived.

Each box comes with a tutorial video and each month we donate a portion of the proceeds to charities helping people in need in Africa and the diaspora. Our goal is to showcase all the wonderful culture and history that Africa has to offer and instill a sense of pride in the minds of the little kids who subscribe.

How do you decide what to include in your subscription box?

I teach a STEM robotics class and an African Folktales class, very different topics, I know. However, I get a lot of ideas from those two classes on what to put in the box. Many (not all) of the things in the subscription box are STEM toys (e.g., we’ve done a mechanical safe and a glowing house) so interacting with the kids in the STEM class helps to vet and test some of the things that go in the box. And by teaching the African folktales class, I learn what kids find interesting and build content around that for the subscription box.

What other products do you offer?

We offer a range of STEM and educational toys. All our products have a pinch of African influence because representation matters, and it is very important to us. Our most popular product is a kit where kids get to build their own solar powered car. It has a black superhero on the box. And yes, it works!

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs?

My advice is to pull a Nike and “Just Do It.” If you have an idea, don’t waste too much time thinking about the obstacles. Instead, focus on the steps that you need to take in order to get to your end goal.

Break into smaller manageable chunks if you need do. But don’t wait. Also, do not be afraid to adapt and change based on what is working and not working. Business is hard and being flexible is important to survival.

What are your future goals for Teni & Tayo Creations?

My goal is for Teni and Tayo Creations to be known as the go to place for fun and educational toys and activities for kids that empower and inspire. And through my products and services, I would love for Teni & Tayo to help change the narrative of Africa and inspire the next generation of leaders to work together to improve Black communities across the world.

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Black Owned Brands for Children and Babies

In a world where diversity and representation matter, it’s essential to shine a spotlight on the incredible array of Black owned brands for children and babies. From clothing that’s as stylish as it is comfortable, to toys that spark imagination, this curated list is a celebration of excellence, creativity, and innovation.

These brands, each with a unique story to tell, are at the forefront of redefining children’s fashion, play, and comfort. Check them out, support them, and let us know which others should be added!

Black Owned Brands for Children and Babies

Step Stitches

Le Petit Elle

Royal Babies & Tots

Pooters Diapers

Fun Science Kit

Gabby Bows

The Fresh Dolls

Black Owned Brands for Children

Brave + Kind Bookshop


black owned brands for children

Beautiful Curly Me

Black Owned Brands for Children

HBCU Pride & Joy Boutique

Breukelyn Threads

Cozy N Cute Kids Boutique

Ade + Ayo

Puzzle Huddle

Chez Bébé 

Kaba Baby

Neon Kisses

Little Mavericks

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