Operation Sankofa readies for next week's Black Dolls Expo

Operation Sankofa is a UK campaign promoting dolls that reflect African and Caribbean children back to themselves.
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Operation Sankofa, a UK campaign promoting dolls that reflect African and Caribbean children back to themselves, is all set to host next week's Black Dolls Expo.

The seventh Black Dolls Expo will take place on Saturday, June 13th 2015 (2pm – 5.30pm) at The BRIX, St. Matthew’s Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF.

Tickets are available on the day at £5 for adults and £3 for children/young people over 5 years and up to 16 years.

All proceeds from the event go to promotion and research about black dolls and the theme for this year’s Expo is ‘What’s image got to do with it?’.

Visitors can look forward face-painting, a ‘win-a-doll’ raffle, networking and the chance to purchase black dolls, original art work, prints, books, cards, posters, accessories and light refreshments. 

There will also be a creative corner where visitors can create their own doll, dress up for a photo-shoot and engage in storytelling. 

'In the six years that Operation Sankofa has been organising the Black Dolls Expo, it is encouraging to note that we have attracted the attention of several talented doll-makers and collectors who are able to showcase their creations,' read a statement from the campaign.

'This event is a unique opportunity for family and friends to share, celebrate, and promote black dolls alongside a host of international black doll creators, collectors & vendors. 

'We are very excited about hosting folk from France, Martinique, Nigeria, South Africa and the UK - including Poupees des Tropiques, AfroToys, Anaisarts, Dolls by VeronaC, Ntombenhle Dolls, Family Constellation Dolls, HandyWoolWorks and Queens of Africa Dolls.'

This year’s event will feature a presentation by Lekia Lee, a beauty advocate who founded Project Embrace, a platform for African women and girls to appreciate their natural beauty and hair. 

She is also the producer and presenter of Kouture Afrika, a TV show on Vox Africa which showcases and celebrates African fashion made in London.

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