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  • African dolls by Mme Awa Ba

    About Artist

    Mme Awa Ba was born December 13, 1950. She started make dolls in 1978 in Carabane Island, Senegal. She then visited Côte d'Ivoire in 1981, where she was discovered at the National Tourism Office (ONT); deemed to be the only female doll artist at the time, she was encouraged to remain in Côte d'Ivoire. In 1984, she was invited to participate in one exhibition at Hotel Ivoire (Sofitel now) and she successfully sold 100 dolls in 2 days.

    In 1986, the president of American Women invited her for a ceremony at her house to exhibit and sell her dolls.

    In 1995 she participated in the Lisbon International Fair trade in Portugal

    In 1996 she traveled to Spain to participate in FUTOUR in Madrid.

    Awa Ba dolls is inspired on issues faced by women, such as:

    • Female Genital Mutilation
    • Drugs,
    • AIDS,
    • battered women ..

     

    She has done so far in total 24 exhibition themes. Awa Ba is the only female artist in Africa and the world, to themed dolls.

    Awa Ba exposed to the diplomatic corps accredited in Dakar. The late Queen Fabiola had different dolls themes made by Mme Ba.

    Awa Ba is supporting Npili project. Each doll sold will revert 5 dollars in favor of Npili project.

    Please support Npili School project and pay a tribute to Madame Ba.


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