At Our Ancestories, they know that there is a deep divide between the truth of African history and the common understanding of it. With their children's books, they strive to bridge this gap and make African history more mainstream, as they believe that rediscovering African history helps to create a better future for next generations.
Our Ancestories is an initiative by Ekiuwa Aire, an award-winning author born and raised in Benin City, Edo, Nigeria. She is passionate about sharing positive stories on African history and counters the widespread ignorance about Africa’s past with her books:
'I aim to make our culture mainstream. My target audience is not just little African boys and girls, but all kids. I love introducing our history and culture in a positive way to kids all over the world.'
Through her children's books, she enables kids from African descent to discover who their ancestors were, while non-African children learn about other cultures, teaching them to celebrate diversity. 'Knowledge of the past will make it easier to make sense of current events and situations,' Ekiuwa says.
'Queen Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba is the story of hope and courage which shows that every young girl is capable of greatness.'
Just recently, she published a second book on Queen Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba. It's the true story of a girl who defied the odds and went on to become the Queen of two ancient African kingdoms.
Revered for her wisdom, courage, and strength, Njinga became a dominant political figure in Angola in the 1600s. This richly illustrated children’s book tells her story and the challenges she faced from the day she was born. Njinga must overcome the jealousy of her brother, the loss of her father, and the encroachment of the Portuguese at the dawn of a time of great trial for the African continent.
Ekiuwa: 'Queen Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba is the story of hope and courage which shows that every young girl is capable of greatness.'
Inspired? Visit their website, order a book and help them to nudge the world towards a point where:
There is an avid learning culture for African history.
African history is just as much part of the curriculum as western history.
Africans look at their past, while paving a way to the future.
Legends that make up African history are mainstream and are introduced to children across the globe.