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BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
8 years ago

I’m not African, but I had heard of this on another website and thought it was a wonderful idea. It certainly looks like the weddings of several Africans (in particular, Nigerians) I’ve seen on Facebook.

BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
8 years ago

+1,000,000,000

BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
8 years ago
Reply to  BlackOnyx03

OH! And I should have added — “Yes, with a broom jump, unity sand jars, ushers lighting candles, the obligatory Electric Slide at the reception, .…” and all that good stuff! This idea actually could catch off. I know I for one would certainly buy, say, a coffee table book with “black Barbie” in a variety of settings. Nigerian weddings. African-American weddings. Step shows and probates. Beauty salons. Marches and demonstrations. Sunday dinner. A family reunion (with errr’body in matching t‑shirts.) A Southern funeral. An urban funeral (again, with errr’body in matching t‑shirts — lol!). I mean, this could be… Read more »

beautifulAjike
beautifulAjike
8 years ago
Reply to  BlackOnyx03

Its exactly like u see on facebook.I wish I could go into details and describe it to you.it is colorful and I particularly like the fact that the groom has to prostrate(with his friends and some other junior male family members) in front of the in-laws to formally ask for the bride’s hand in marriage.And then he pays her dowry in the form of money,many tubers of yam,fruits,a she-goat,kolanut etc.and that’s why u see, Nigerians(both home and abroad),prepare for wedding days like our lives depends on it.and some also want people to be able to talk about their wedding for… Read more »

V
V
8 years ago

OMG so cute! Love it!

pinkgirlfluff
pinkgirlfluff
8 years ago

Very cool!

EmmeJ
EmmeJ
8 years ago

As a women born in America but both parents come from Nigeria, I think this is awesome. Who ever thought of this and put it together, did a very good job, It put an instance smile on my face. It may have even convinced me that having a Nigerian style wedding isn’t a bad idea.

Onome
Onome
8 years ago
Reply to  EmmeJ

I totally agree!! Love seeing our culture presented in a different way. Proud to be Naja!!!!!!

Lola
Lola
8 years ago
Reply to  EmmeJ

Same here, both my parents were born in Nigeria and seeing this makes me smile!!! Nija Love!

Dami212
Dami212
8 years ago
Reply to  EmmeJ

me too As a women born in America but both parents come from Nigeria, i think this is beautiful . I think black barbies need to show more of their culture not just saying they are “African ” . Where in Africa , that’s why so many people now a days think Africa is a Country .…

Seyi
Seyi
8 years ago
Reply to  EmmeJ

NAIJA O! NAIJA 4 LIFE.All this coming from a half breed.

African Violet
African Violet
8 years ago

I’m dying at the money spray! I’m an African born in the U.S. (both of my grandmothers are Liberian, one grandfather was from Sierra Leone, and the other was from Nigerian. My parents were both born and raised in Liberia.) and I think that this photo shoot is awesome.

Alwina
Alwina
8 years ago
Reply to  African Violet

Another Sierra Leonean! Both my parents are from Sierra Leone and my father’s father is Nigerian! Nice!

Yemi
Yemi
8 years ago

This is tooooo cute!

Nana
Nana
8 years ago

As a proud African, Nigerian to be specific, this is absolutely heart warming!!!

Chi
Chi
8 years ago

Beautifully colorful and reminds me of the weddings I’ve attended. LOL @ the spraying!

Naija all day! Igbo kwenu!

Nnenna
Nnenna
8 years ago
Reply to  Chi

Ndewo my sister. Twas very creative indeed. I even marveled considering he isn’t Yoruba. Got all the tiny details well. Fab!

Keisha
Keisha
8 years ago

So cute!

hassan
hassan
8 years ago

So stinking cute, funny and creative!

lizzy
lizzy
8 years ago

This is so beautiful. It makes me want a Nigerian Wedding even more now!

KaraJ
KaraJ
8 years ago

cute idea!!!

Nnenna
Nnenna
8 years ago

Very commendable indeed. Came across his website just yesterday and it made me smile. View the complete series here: photographybyobi.co.uk
I’m glad he is from my place! Lol.

Denise
Denise
8 years ago

WOW-Amazing! I loved this.

binks
binks
8 years ago

awww cute!

Thelly
Thelly
8 years ago

That is awesome!!! I am not nigerian..I was from zimbabwe but i m proud African

Teniola
Teniola
8 years ago

This is a Yoruba wedding(Nigerian)
As a Nigerian … born n bred here in Nigeria, I feel on top of the world. The Nigerian culture is soooooo RICH. Good job Obi

Ezinne
Ezinne
8 years ago
Reply to  Teniola

Igbos do this too 🙂

earthichick
earthichick
8 years ago
Reply to  Ezinne

the white outfits represent Yoruba(Nigerian) wedding

earthichick
earthichick
8 years ago
Reply to  earthichick

i’m igbo, but i would love see this done to an edo and Fulani wedding.

Alwina
Alwina
8 years ago
Reply to  earthichick

All, I am Yoruba and honestly couldn’t tell the difference because I grew up experiencing Sierra Leone rather than Nigeria. We are all one Naija.

Fulaman
Fulaman
8 years ago
Reply to  earthichick

Fulani weddings are far more traditional than this ROFL, we wear traditional I will link a video:

Fulaman
Fulaman
8 years ago
Reply to  Teniola

This is most likely Igbo as the Photographer himself has an Igbo name.

isola
isola
8 years ago

Love this. Wish I had a little girl to share it with.

Chels
Chels
8 years ago

Lol. Cute!!!

Esther
8 years ago

I LOVE THIS!

fufuandoreos
8 years ago

edo, yoruba, igbo, WHATEVER, he has represented for NAIJA. who thought tiny toys could make a big impression! we are rich people in culture and grace, despite the unfortunate politics…

Bruna
Bruna
8 years ago

I love this!

Kitty Bradshaw
8 years ago

As a self professed Barbie LOVER!!!! I say whole heartedly that this is awesome…

Biola
Biola
8 years ago

I LOVE IT! The photographer did an amazing job, I cannot wait to have my big fat Nigerian wedding 🙂

Rahel
Rahel
8 years ago

They need a HABESHA BARBIE also

Jane
8 years ago

I’m Nigerian and I LOVE this. I want those dolls <3

luvmylocs
luvmylocs
8 years ago

i absolutely love this and am seeing it here first. makes me smile so much!!

Curly Queen
8 years ago

Love it. He’s really talented.

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Lovely photos and great concept. Love the dollar dance photo.

The dresses are gorgeous!

Cacey
Cacey
8 years ago

it’s cute…and i hate to be the only one to say this, though…but what’s up with the hair? i kinda was expecting that the hair would also represent the more common nigerian hair type but i see that straight hair prevails yet again…or am i looking at this wrong? because i really do wanna be positive and all.……idk. maybe european weave is common on wedding day?

earthichick
earthichick
8 years ago
Reply to  Cacey

natural hair is NOT common in Nigeria.

Chi
Chi
8 years ago
Reply to  earthichick

+1. That’s a common misconception. I remember the first time I went home after going natural many years ago and my cousins didn’t get it. They expected that because I lived in the US I would come home rockin’ a weave. I know the sentiment is changing now, but it’s true that it’s still relatively uncommon there.

Sankofa
8 years ago
Reply to  Chi

I have just returned from Ghana and was struck by how many women (including the poor) spend what little money they have on wigs and weaves (ie. to have white people’s straight hair). Very sad. We should use all opportunities (including Barbie dolls) to promote natural hair! One interesting element in Ghana is how girls up to their mid-teens often still have their hair both natural and cut very short down to the shape of the head — it looks lovely!

HeyThere
HeyThere
6 years ago
Reply to  Cacey

So.….exactly what is the “more common Nigerian hair type”? Being a Nigerian myself, I would love to know. Because Nigerian women wear their hair in as many diverse ways as women anywhere else do, including the States. Natural (with many different curl patterns and types), relaxed, weaved up, or loc’d up.…I’ve seen it all. So please educate me on how Nigerian hair is supposed to look like.

Tanya
Tanya
6 years ago
Reply to  HeyThere

Oh come on. I’ve lived in Nigeria for 3 years and live in a Nigerian neighborhood. Natural hair is no
more common in Nigeria than it was in black America 10 years ago. Nothing wrong with it but come on.

Krista
Krista
8 years ago

I LOVE this! My fiance is Nigerian, and for our wedding we are doing a dual theme!

I can’t wait to have a daughter and buy her Nigerian Barbie & Ken.

My we’ve all come so far 🙂

Alwina
Alwina
8 years ago

Being of Sierra Leone/Nigerian background, I love this! Such a traditional wedding! I felt like I was there! Eh Eh!!!

zimza
zimza
8 years ago

I just hate the facist beauty propaganda that Barbie create. I think it causes problems among girls in our image obsessed culture. Women come in all different shapes and sizes, different races colours, shades etc.… stuff Barbie!

Sankofa
8 years ago

This is a great initiative on the part of Obi Nwokedi and, as a father of daughters, I welcome it. However, assuming that he had access to the full range of the dolls, there remains the question of why the manufacturer (Mattel?) has produced such disproportionately light-skinned dolls. Indeed, there is not a single properly dark one!

Sieta
8 years ago

I love this!

Candis
Candis
8 years ago

This is very Cool… i feel like I was a guest at this fabulous wedding lol.. so cute

love,
@spotlight921

layray
layray
8 years ago

This makes me so proud to be a Nigerian!!

Monique
Monique
8 years ago

Looking at this from a different perspective. It’s looks like Mattel found another way to capitalize on black people once again. The dolls still look European with brown skin with African clothes on. I wonder how much money they giving Nigeria or just the continent of Africa alone.… Umm I wonder! probably not one cent. Everyone finds this sooo cute… Wow! SMH I guess I know how to read between the lines.

Fulaman
Fulaman
8 years ago
Reply to  Monique

Excuse me, but how do they look “European”?

Sankofa
8 years ago
Reply to  Monique

Yes, the general principle is fine and the clothing is welcomed but they are simply white dolls that have been painted various shades of beige and brown (ie. in the “tanning” salon). So no African features in the faces and no dark brown skin. Ultimately it is a psychological con.

Fulaman
Fulaman
8 years ago
Reply to  Sankofa

I’m sorry to tell you sir, no offense you must be African American, but the whole thing about “African features” is a fallacy. Africans have different features from region to region. Even in Nigeria, the most diverse country in the world, There are different features from person to person. All features began in Africa, therefore all features are African.

If these dolls are Igbo, many Igbos have “fair complexion” by nature. Some foolish Igbos go so far as to say they are of Jewish origin (which I think is a lie), but many Igbos do have lighter complexion naturally.

Sankofa
8 years ago
Reply to  Fulaman

Fulaman — each racial group certainly does have a range of features within it but, presumably, you are not suggesting that (colour aside) you can’t tell an African from a European?

Broadly, an albino African does not look like a European and a European that has been under a sunlamp for weeks still does not look like an African. It is the features that still, in general, remain distinct. Caveats for mixed-race etc.

Fulaman
Fulaman
8 years ago
Reply to  Sankofa

I can tell an African from a European by culture, character and often by colour of skin. What I am saying is this, there are black people who do not have curly hair, there are black people who do not have wide noses, there are black people who may have olive/greenish eyes as opposed to dark brown. What I am saying is that black people are the most diverse group of people in the world.

zimza
zimza
8 years ago
Reply to  Fulaman

Are you trying to be funny? The Igbos were persecuted during the 1960’s because they prospered much like the Jews. They (we) were referred to as the Jewish Nigerians. This all then led to the Biafra War, the Nigerian civil war where there was practically a genocide of the Igbos as they (we) tried to establish an independent country called Biafra.

Fulaman
Fulaman
8 years ago
Reply to  zimza

I’m aware of what happened well before I was born with how the Hausa and others persecuted Igbos in the 60s and how the Igbos and few other South Eastern ethnic groups in Nigeria tried to form Biafra. What I am saying is that I have seen some Igbos go so far as to call themselves Jewish, just some.

Tanya
Tanya
6 years ago
Reply to  Fulaman

You must be African American? Ah, showcasing your intelligence.

toosharp
toosharp
8 years ago

This is truly beautiful, wish this had been around when I was a girl; we’ve come a long way. Thank goodness for the internet, I believe that it has allowed us to have a stronger voice and given us the freedom to truly express ourselves.

Michelle Spice
Michelle Spice
8 years ago

Barbie was created out for another culture! I don’t see the need for us to re-create Barbie in the Afrikan culture…

We don’t need Barbie we have much more important legacies to carry on and display…

zimza
zimza
8 years ago
Reply to  Michelle Spice

+1. Also, Barbie aint no natural, she’s 100% petroleum.

Nigerian wedding
8 years ago
Reply to  zimza

Hahahaha very funny. I totally agree with Michelle.

Ayo Adeosun
Ayo Adeosun
7 years ago

Whether he used babie dolls or wooden stumps. The long and short of it is,nice concept. Very creative indeed.

Chachamusicgirl
7 years ago

Nigerian black babies with straight hair? LMAO!

EmskiB
EmskiB
6 years ago

You say that like you’ve never seen a Nigerian woman with a weave, wig, perm or any other hair piece…

London Nigerian ladies love to wear their hair in all sorts of ways — including the kinds of ways depicted on the dolls.

Nicely done, Barbie!

jada
jada
6 years ago

Wow, this is so cool!

Open
6 years ago
Reply to  jada

However, they did manage to deitan an old woman this past week, and check out her Depends! How humiliating for her.Heard the Nigerian had a suitcase full of ID’s.

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

Aww, The dolls are cute. I smiled at all of them and the creativity was cool and seems like it could be joyful to play with. The photo where they are dancing and the money is on their heads is so cool. I wish I could see that in stores near me(Wlamart, Target, Albertsons..etc) Cute customed made clothes, The photographer did a neat job.

Amma
Amma
6 years ago

I love the purple cloth! The outfits, hair and makeup are on point! I would have loved to have these Barbies to play with when I was younger! I think the photographer captured the essence of a Nigerian wedding very well! I could feel it 🙂

Lovely
Lovely
5 years ago

No african barbie –> We want an african barbie! We have an african barbie –> They are making money out of us! You people got issues!!!! I am very happy that they have these dolls, they are nice and my daughter is half Nigerian. I am a hundred procent sure, she’ll appreciate them as much as I do!!!

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