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June 2021

The Bright Continent

Our Ancestories - Bringing Ancient African History to Today's Kids

At Our Ancestories, they know that there is a deep divide between the truth of African history and the common understanding of it. With their children's books, they strive to bridge this gap and make African history more mainstream, as they believe that rediscovering African history helps to create a better future for next generations...

May 2021

CBC Listen

Author Ekiuwa Aire draws on African histories for children’s books

The Canadian children’s author says when she tried to find books for her own kids that reflected her childhood in Benin City, Nigeria, she couldn’t find anything. Now she writes children's books based on the true stories of African women in history, and soon men too. She tells us about her latest book, Njinga of Ndongo & Matamba.

February 2021

CBC Books

Idia of the Benin Kingdom

Idia of the Benin Kingdom introduces young readers to the story of Queen Idia of the ancient Kingdom of Benin, who played an essential role during the reign of her son, Esigie, who ruled Benin from 1504-1550. This story tells of a young Idia who pursued her dreams, believed in herself, and became the first Queen Mother of Benin. The story starts with a dream young Idia has where she sees a woman in battle...

January 2021


Promoting African history through children's books

An Oakville woman is striving to teach Black children about their culture and history through the eyes of relatable characters. Brandon Rowe speaks to author Ekiuwa Aire about the release of her first book...

December 2020

Push or Pivot

Create What You Wish Existed with Ekiuwa Aire

My guest today is Ekiuwa Aire. Ekiuwa is previously a full time Finance Manager turned IT Data Engineer turned Photographer and recently turned Self Published Children's Author of books on African History. She has a history of pivoting whenever she is faced with a career path that does not align with her personality or vision of how she wants to lead her life...

November 2020

Oakville News

Oakville author introduces the African warrior queen Idia to the pantheon of fairy book heroines

Long, long ago, in a land far away, there was a prosperous kingdom called Benin, where there lived a brave and cunning warrior queen named Idia. Her life was an epic adventure worthy of inclusion in any boxed set of Disney princess movies. But if Idia’s inspiring tale is unknown to little kids growing up today, Oakville author Ekiuwa Aire is here to change all that...


Nigerian-Canadian mom writes inspirational children’s book about legendary Queen Idia of Benin Kingdom

Benin Kingdom, located in what is now southern Nigeria, was one of the most highly developed states in Africa when it fell in 1897 following the destruction of its capital, Benin City, by the British...


Ekiuwa Aire – Rediscovering African History

Ekiuwa Aire was born and raised in Benin City, Edo, Nigeria. She moved to England when she was nine and it was here, away from all she had grown up with, she discovered her passion for writing...

October 2020

Black Children's Books and Authors

What’s Your Story?: Ekiuwa Aire: Idia of the Benin Kingdom

As a first-generation Nigerian-born Canadian mom and author, I have always wanted my kids to understand and be proud of their history and heritage. Africa has a vast collection of impressive cultures and legendary heroes. But there aren’t that many options for books that tell these stories...

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