In Nigeria today, priority is placed more on teaching children in English language, as it is the lingua franca of the country. However, this automatically creates a challenge as these children grow into adults who are unable to speak their local dialects and know very little about their cultural heritage. Iyin Creative, an innovative animation and illustration company, created by 2015 TEF Alumna, Kofoworola Oyeleye is actively mitigating this challenge.
Established in 2013, Iyin Creative is a Nigerian-based company that is aimed at promoting and preserving the African cultural heritage through engaging and educative animated content. The company employs creative animation and illustrations to develop fun learning experience of African languages for children.
Through her work, Kofoworola has reached over 7,000 children worldwide, giving them the opportunity to learn their native language in a fun and modern way, and trained over 50 Children in animation. Over the years, she has further advanced her vision of promiting Africa’s cultural heritage by taking Iyin Creative to a total of 15 public and private schools. She has also donated a total of 1,000 language learning resources to public schools.
Iyin Creative is the creator of the award-winning Anilingo Series cartoons. It is a cartoon DVD and activity book that teaches children native Nigerian languages through a fun and engaging learning experience. Also, Anilingo has been developed a mobile app that is suitable for home use and used as a teaching resource in certain schools. Over 5,000 families across the world use the Anilingo mobile app to teach their children, as it a brand that they trust.
On the Anilingo app, children have access to engaging learning videos and games, digital books based in African folktales, kids’ friendly music and virtual language classes for kids and adult with up to 20 African languages.
Kofoworola is also the organizer of Nigeria’s premier “Animation Summer-Camp”, an annual programme that kicked off in August 2014. The success of the Summer-Camps has seen children as young as 7 years old creating animated shorts of their own. Iyi n Creative is giving children hands-on experiences as they learn to creatively tell their stories through animation.