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Tonye Faloughi-Ekezie

Simone's Oasis
Content Producer
Lagos, Nigeria
I’m a wife and a mother of two, a boy Ugo and a girl Sim Sim. I run my own business in entertainment consultancy, my specialty being in TV and film production (Endemol, M-Net, Storm etc.)
My daughter Sim Sim has Down syndrome and I struggled to find stories for black children that represented either one of my kids.

So I started Simone's Oasis - which houses both our entertainment for black African children as well as our community raising awareness on special needs.

I first developed the Ugo and Sim Sim book series about the everyday life of a brother and sister living in Lagos. These characters, based on my children, are the Simone's Oasis mascots.
Along with the Ugo and Sim Sim book series, I have also developed music, animated music videos and shows to release soon.

Why am I doing all of this? I believe we can raise awareness and consciousness about the great potential of our black African children including those with special needs, because to see yourself represented is extremely powerful and what better way to do that than through entertainment.

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