Preserving Africa's Mother Tongues

My First Words: Available in 21 Languages and growing


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Our books were designed to immediately attract young children and generate curiosity and interest in exploring a new language.

The “My First Words” series contains engaging colors and vibrant images of everyday items that young children will recognize.

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Africa is home to approximately 1/3 of the world's languages

Discover them in a fresh and exciting way

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  • My favorite purchase of the season!

    "Extremely excited to find a book that teaches my native tongue in a fun, simple and engaging way. Looking forward to teaching my son Yoruba, as well as future editions that build off the first! Very well done."

  • Beautifully illustrated and educational

    "I bought these books for my grand daughter, and she loves them. You can't keep her away from it. I love everything about the book, from the packaging to the illustration and pictures. Every child will love and benefit from learning different languages that these series offer. I strongly recommend buying these books."

  • Amazing product

    "Excellent quality. My 3 year old is so excited about learning the language because the books are so bright and colorful. The drawings are awesome as well."

Introducing Kids To African Languages

Who we Are

Hi! We are Ada and Oge, two mothers and sisters-in-law who were always looking for creative ways to introduce our young children to their native language - IGBO.

As we developed the Igbo language set, we quickly realized that parents of other backgrounds would enjoy the same tools. 

Today, KOLI & OLUM is on a mission to provide the same tools to parents of all African backgrounds and interests - one language at a time.

Fun fact: the name KOLI & OLUM is a blend of our children's names... and an extra layer of cousin bonding.

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Giving Back

We are passionate about the care of orphans. 10% of all purchases is donated to orphanages around the African continent.