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EthiDolls Unveils Collectible African Educational Doll and Accessory Line
Thursday December 7, 10:30 am ET
NEW YORK, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- EthiDolls(TM), developer of African signature dolls and accessories that teach history and tradition and celebrate cultural diversity introduced its Makeda(TM), Queen of Sheba doll, storybook and CD today in New York City. Available exclusively at ethidolls.com.
Photo: The first in a series of African royal dolls, Makeda. Source: ethidolls.com
The collectible quality doll and accessories are based on the ancient legend of Queen Makeda, the first female ruler of Ethiopia. The dolls are hand crafted for EthiDolls by Madame Alexander® producer of several popular collectible doll lines. The costumes, hand-woven in Ethiopia, are rich in detail and authentic reproductions of the traditional dress still worn today. A young Ethiopian artist created beautiful illustrations for the accompanying full-color storybook. The CD provides a compelling narration of Queen Makeda's rise to the throne and her relationship with King Solomon.
Established in 2003, the EthiDolls' mission is to develop unique dolls and related accessories that help children and adults embrace African heritage, culture and tradition, as well as teach the wonders of diversity. We believe that connection to the rich historic cultural heritage of Africa will be a good source for young people to extract a sense of pride and self-empowerment.
The superior quality and authenticity of the product line will also appeal to the doll collector community, which vies with stamps and miniatures as the No.1 hobby group in the world. According to the Toy Institute of America, dolls rank as the toy industry's second-largest product category in dollar volume with sales of $2.7 billion in 2005. EthiDolls launches the Queen Makeda merchandise as African culture emerges into popular consciousness.
EthiDolls will launch several more dolls based on African royal figures in 2007. Currently, the company is utilizing the rapidly growing direct-to- consumer marketing and distribution channels. Future plans include distribution in targeted specialty shops.
"In this fast-paced and media savvy age, we hope to enrich the lives of young black girls and their multicultural playmates through a collectible line of educational African royalty dolls and other traditional products from Africa," says Salome Yilma, EthiDolls' chief executive officer. Ms. Yilma conceived and designed the line along with Yeworkwoha Ephrem, EthiDolls' executive vice president. Both women are Ethiopian natives and New York City entrepreneurs.
Ms. Yilma adds, "We're eager to serve the market with upscale, premium quality products that meet high expectations and deliver a value added learning experience."
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“We believe that connection to the rich historic cultural heritage of Africa will be a good source for young people to extract a sense of pride and self-empowerment.” - Salome Yilma
Thank you for single handedly waging a war on our anti-creativity culture by embracing our own culture creatively.
The picture from the collection of Senzero looks like a Woyane parliament in session.
That is funny but in the parlament the camera is on them all the time so they come dressed properly. I acctually taught it was the kaliti prisoners waiting in line for thier daily ration half naked to catch up the prison meal before the time is up.
It is a good way to teach something to the young generation,to know that Ethiopia had strong herritages,full of history and a very ancient nation in the world and area of rise to human like.
As you can see some spoiled generations like DC,FREE,CHE-GUIVERA,CHALLENGER,GURERE-B,TEKLEAB WELDENEGODGUD etc are only know somehow a spoiled poletics.
You can see one his scrtch above,We have to change such mooron minds thinking.Be proud with initiatives as there are much unexplored asset of this country.
To the people producing these dolls.
Congratulations and good luck.
In a more serious tone, you are probably doing our image a favour by trying to find a common denominator uniting Ethiopians in some way and not soiling your creativity with the fathomless and divisive political lunacy of some in diaspora. Keep your style clean.
To give you a hint as to why I think you are doing a good job; You are creative and not destructive, you have addressed a hidden need amongst Ethiopians as well as African Americans. The sad phenomenon that has engulfed many in Diaspora seems to be a constant squandering of our social capital, mutual trust and trustworthiness, which is money in the bank if utilized properly. I am not thinking about physical, intellectual or political wealth. I am referring to our need to trust each other, to approach common problems collectively, work together through modern networks or traditional associations in groups, cooperatives etc. instead of isolating ourselves individually like many Americans seem to be doomed to do. Accordingly, people in Diaspora or elsewhere should cease squandering this valuable resource by always disagreeing and conspiring against their motherland, plotting day and night constantly to dismember, dismantle and distroy their country’s efforts at good governance. If we do not trust each other, if we dislike each other too much, then we shall have to act defensively and waste resources guarding against theives at night, locks, fences, walls, security guards, armies and secret services, none of which promote easier trading or production. You can produce security but you cannot eat it. You need to plow, to manufacture, to trade, to solve collectively our common problems, such as education, health, justice etc..
To conclude, you guys are doing fine. Let us have more of this and not the ugly bickering about paradise lost after an election.
Donkoro DC, What ever the circumstances whether its good or bad news your usual stinky hyena mouth wide open. What,s wrong with the EthiDolls?
You should be proud of it instead of joking about it. You people don’t care about your country any more as long as your sanctuary in DC area is safe now.
Is the Queen Makeda is a real name or you evented. I belived it is Queen Belqesa and king Suleman anless the writer want to change the name of them.
A genius in an anti-creativity environment led by Meles & Cohorts.
Could i order this full size she looks more like a Woyane babe. it hard to be interrelationship this days. one love
May god bless us!
I couldn’t believe what is going on in every Ethiopian mind. It appears that we don’t agree on any topic anymore. Is it the last days of our life? We should have a sense of respect for our brothers and sisters who made good efferot to change our worest image in this stupid world! When are we gonna learn love and peace amongest each other. This must be when the final day comes! Don’t you agree?
That is very comic of you, man. I could not help laughing loudly. Tha is very creative. Thanks for the fun, man!
lol…You were kind of funny today,…I’ll give you that.
However to me, the dolls look like they’re singing the Dergue song:
Thank you Madame Alexander and also your enterprise which has designed and created the Queen Maqda toy.
Enameseguinalen:: Tafesse has said it all. To add to his words a little bit, here i go.
It is a perfect doll, as the collective memory of Ethiopians of the yester year has it. I hope it will be Ethiopian’s idol and other brown peoples’, for that matter, who would volunteer to be subscribed to embrace this image. The image which is turned to be a plastic art reality of higher esteem. The legendary queen, it is true, we can imagine her with this transparent cremmish shemma apparel worn from the North to the South Ethiopia. Dorzes are great weavers of the inlay borders (Tiilet hems?) and Axumites are great embroiders of lace - Tibeb. The horizontal running tilet and the vertical descending tibeb accomplishes the Ethiopian national dress. Ayidelem ende?
This doll then mimicking the national dress is highly valuable. It will give a special warmth to loved and love seeking Ethiopian children. It is a substute of their mum when she goes to fetch water, for example.
It is a very serious creation… Some country fellows - may be who have grown up with out dolls shouldn’t lessen the values of these exceptionally woven beautiful tissues - artefacts. Whether it is Sinzero or Maqda. It is not an easy matter, to create a national character - just with hands.
You know there are world animation charaters for which dolls are made and even extensively expensive computerised animation movies that have followed suit. Ask Walt Disney success in the animation and entertainment industry. The Russian Babushka, the Belgian Tin tin, the British Teddy Bear, the US Barby, The Nors Cinderella, etc, etc…
It is along way, but this is one good way to trace back your own history and put flesh and bone on your mythic characters. Ofcourse we have to learn, develop and be competetive.
I wish some hasty comentators not reply just for the sake of filling the comment box. I mean we should raise our hats to such artistic endeavours and achievements.
Sorry to say about the dolless children who have grown up without these charming objects, but I don’t deny too, there were and still are in every Ethiopian house hold dolls. Loving parents do use toys metonymically to pass to their children messages that their grand parents have passed them. It has subtrata of meanings - endlessly educating, and beyond everything, protecting the child - also the grown up when s/he terribly needs it most. The doll is the dearest cavern of the human mind one can run into, take shelter; although small, fragile and soft. Ethiops make dolls from the stalks of sorghum crops (yemashila Agueda) dried stems of maize (Qooroqoonda) or reeds (Queeeteema), shells - (zagol) even stones of different fruits, gourds (Koda-Qiil) and Qoulf (Azrar), etc.. Many should remember their toys if they haven’t amnesia of these little things.
Think about America’s Barby dolls, Waltdisney and its endless loops of success of stories: from Mickey mouse to Anastasia and the Lion King… Big money, big fame. It is a muscle that can flex down anything under earth.
Who hasn’t made his own toy, his own Qoroqonda to play any role in his Qeeie?
The Papa ZnJero is proud of his Woyane version of Walt Disney TPLF stooges shown above . Dont they look our leader lol
Nice Art work
Bilquis is yours, Makda is ours. She has other names too: Azeb. Queen Azeb. Yilual metsihafu, to depict that she came from South West or Azeb. Or Nigiste Saba, Yesaba Nigist to show that she was a queen of the Sabeans - the ancestotrs of Ethiopians (Near Asian, south Asian, or Arabian folks like the Agazians) and south arabian folks. You may go back to history and transform the name Bilquis with Maqda, Makda, Sheba, Saba, or Azeb if you like. She is the same one, simply the language of Geez (Ethiopic) so rich it has different attires: for the evening, the morning and day tme. The wardrobe is thick of expensive items and dear history. The English archaelogists tried to relocate Maqda’s seat in South Arabia. But they hardly now convince us. She simply has been a powerful lady and ruled East Africa, Arabia and other regions in the area.
Axumites amaze me, saying they still keep the remains of her and her son. It is to them to ‘dna’ test it…but is it that important after the grandiouse monuments that her rule and regalia left in the area?
For now Sumai that is it, am not your history teacher, there are more knowledgeable bloggers, they can help…ok?
That is true we should also real the Bilquis version. We need with you added Arab scholars here to shed a light.
It is good for black children growing up playing with Barney to have Makeda and most Americans especially whites they know Ethiopia as a land of starving childern and Makeda might help to fight that stereotype.
I am very happy to have boys who are growing seeing Haile Gebreselassie win, and there is nothing for them more than him and the national flag he carried, and we are lucky to have him, and Ethiopian and other African girls should have also Deraretu, Fatuma, Meseret beside Makeda to play with.
Despite the magnificent work by the founders of EthiDolls, the reporter seems to lack some significant facts about our country when stating, ‘… Queen Makeda, the first female ruler of Ethiopia.’
Our history amazingly extends way beyond what is mentioned. This issue would also be worth mentioning to help future works of this type to be focused on more broadened existing facts.
The ancient legendary Greek poet Homer, who lived millenniums earlier than King Solomon and Queen Sheba, has mentioned Ethiopia in his renowned books, Iliad and Odyssey, several times. He characterise the Ethiopians as great people. So does Herodotus (480-425? BCE), who is known as the father of history.
The nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy, Andromeda, is named after an ancient Ethiopian Princes. Since this galaxy is considered as a sister galaxy the princes’ name is also well known even in today’s NASA.
In Greek mythology, Andromeda was the daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cepheus of Ethiopia. Andromeda’s mother claimed she was more beautiful than the sea nymphs, the Nereids. The Nereids felt insulted by this and complained to the sea god Poseidon.
Poseidon threatened to send a flood and a sea monster, Cetus, to destroy the kingdom of Ethiopia. The king consulted the oracle of Ammon who advised him to sacrifice his daughter. Andromeda, dressed only in jewels, was chained to a sea-cliff. At this time, Perseus, a Greek hero was traveling along the coast of Africa to the north. He noticed the beautiful woman chained to a rock and instantly fell in love with her. … (Follow the link to proceed with the story).
M.T. and Tarik, thank you for your comment.
M.T. I , what about Yo-Yo, cars, Telefon etc. We are super creative!
God Bless Enat Ethiopia!
What happened you are unusually pissy today , is it that time of the month ?
I realize the subject of Dolls is intertwined with your feminism. I was only indicating that your family picture looks excellent
I suggest you keep up your routine GYNO appointment so that you are not too pissy on future Doll subject
Good Day Now
ABOY Yirgacheffee it’s a distinct pleasure to see you enjoyed my humor. Yet, contrary to your blurry vision the Dolls collection looks exactly the Woyane parliament in session for a vote on Somalia‘s conflict. Never witnessed such a HOMOgeneous parliament , they all look alike since they all came from a tiny distinct tribe Called Papa zenJero*
Long live the Papa zenJero parliament
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