Nana Dolls Show Every Girl she can be an African Queen in her own Right

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. - June 5, 2019 - PRLog -- There's a new queen in town and her name is Nana. In Ghana, West Africa, Nana is the word for monarch. The Nana Dolls are now available at Planting People Growing Justice™ Leadership Institute ( (PPGJLI) as part of the organization's continued commitment of supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in children's books and products.

"We are excited to be named a Nana Doll distributor," said Dr. Artika Tyner, founder and executive director of PPGJLI. "This is a unique opportunity to teach our youth about the power of embracing cultural heritage and leadership. Each doll represents a chapter of history and daily inspiration on life's journey.

"The dolls represent women who can motivate and inspire each of us," continued Tyner. "For instance, when I need courage, I draw upon the strength of Yaa Asantewaa of Ghana. When I need unwavering faith and determination, I look to Mbuya Nehanda of Zimbabwe."

There were many strong, courageous women from all over Africa who helped fight for freedom in multiple ways. Black dolls matter (, presenting an image to girls that's similar to themselves that's empowering.

The makers of the dolls wanted to teach the younger generation the important history of the region while also having fun. Each Nana Doll comes with her own unique garments, representative of their area. The doll's character was inspired by the following four queens in African history.

·       Yaa Asantewaa from Ghana – Born in 1840, she was a queen mother and led the Ashanti war against British colonialism. She holds a unique place in history as it was the first and only time in Ashanti history that a woman was specifically named to a warrior role and she's been memorialized in her own song.

·       Mbuya Nehanda from Zimbabwe – She was born in the 1840s and was the spirit medium of the Zezuru Shona people. She provided inspiration for the revolt against colonialism of the British South Africa Company. She's known as an ancestral lion spirit of great power.

·       Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti from Nigeria – A teacher, political campaigner, and aristocrat, she was born in 1900. She's known as "The Mother of Africa" for her work as a women's rights activist and as the "Lioness of Lisabi" for her campaign against arbitrary taxation.

·       Miriam Makeba from South Africa – Her nickname was Mama Africa and she was an actress, singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, and United Nations goodwill ambassador. Born in 1932, she was best known for her musical talent and won several music awards. Known worldwide, she was especially popular in the U.S.

The Nana Dolls available at PPGJLI provide a truly unique opportunity to teach youngsters about their African heritage, history, and the inspiring women that made a distinct difference in the world around them. Nana Dolls offer young women exciting new leadership role models ( they can emulate to make their own mark on the world.

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