I love being a Londoner and the babes are British born, but we’re also super proud of our Nigerian heritage. The boys have such fun on holiday in Nigeria — one of our favourite memories was our last Christmas in Nigeria. It was also the last time they spent with their grandma.
Since my mother died in May this year, I made several promises to myself around raising my kids to know more about their culture. I would especially like them to understand at least a little Igbo. It’s my mother tongue, but sadly I’ve not been able to string more than a couple of phrases together since early schooldays in Enugu.
One show that we’ve found helpful is Bino and Fino, the number 1 selling African cartoon for kids. Made in Nigeria, Bino and Fino tells of a brother and sister’s everyday adventures in a modern African city.
Bino and Fino episodes can be downloaded online, or you can watch clips on YouTube, which is where we first stumbled across the show. When Ezra and Jed were searching for an Igbo video, they discovered Bino and Fino, who taught them to count from 1 to 10 in Igbo. They watched more episodes, laughing hardest at the one where Bino and Fino’s grandma puts snails in their soup!
I love African snails in soup and I love this show. It’s sweet, funny, and rich with heritage and knowledge, served in bite size pieces.
Bino and Fino sent us their latest releases: a DVD featuring 5 new episodes, where they discover the ancient kingdom of Benin and visit the libraries of Timbuktu. They also sent us limited edition Bino and Fino plush toys, featuring the siblings and Zeena, their butterfly friend that takes them on magical learning experiences.
At first the babes fought over who got to play with the ‘boy’ toy.
But by the next day Ezra told me: ‘Mum, Jed and I have been playing with Bino, Fino and Zeena all morning. We acted out every episode and Zeena’s like a cool superhero lady, if you throw her she can even flap her wings!’ Watch the babes (and toys) in action.
I’m really taken with the fabric quality and detail of these plush toys (ok, I admit, I had a little play with them myself). I’m also impressed that despite the show targeting kids ages 3 to 6, my almost 10-year-old is equally engaged as his younger brother. I know it means a lot to the boys to see brown-skinned characters with Nigerian accents telling their own stories. It certainly means a lot to me.
Bino and Fino is great for reaffirming cultural pride, and for introducing all kids to the diverse wonders of Africa. The colourful animation and gentle comedy will appeal to any little one with a curious spirit and a sense of humour.
Plus the toys are beyond cute — check out Fino’s Afro puffs!
Visit www.binoandfino.com to download your free episode, discover DVDs and toys, and learn more about the show.
Win Bino and Fino DVD + Plush Toys (12 Days of Xmas 2015)
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12 Days of Xmas 2015
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