Here are some links to some African and African-related children’s shows and cartoons to share with your family!
Bino & Fino
This is an African cartoon series made for children which is both fun and educational, and was made to address the severe lack of children’s content out there showing positive images of the African continent
Tinga Tinga Tales
This is a Kenyan children’s television series, based on African folk tales and is centred on various animated animals and employs music, dialogue, and colorful imagery to tell African folk tales about the origins of animals, and to answer questions such as, “why do monkeys swing in the trees and flamingos stand on one leg?” among others.
Jungle Beat is a fun, family friendly series of 5 minute episodes focusing on different animals and the bizarre situations they encounter in nature. From the firefly who is afraid of the dark to the giraffe wit a stiff neck, this wholesome series aims to entertain, inspire and ignite children’s curiosity!
Kirikou and The Sorceress
In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he’s not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village
This is Tanzania’s first homegrown cartoon series, designed to help kids discover the joys of math through fun, local stories and songs.
Ubongo Kids follows Tanzanian cartoon kids Kibena, Kiduchu and Koba as they use their minds and math skills to solve problems in their village, with the help of their talking and singing animal friends: Mama Ndege (a math whiz bird), Uncle T (a rapping giraffe), and Da Chura (a frog who ribbits important vocabulary).
African Tales the Movie
This is an animated television series and an original concept inspired by African folklore and mythology, driven by the heavy integration of humans, animals and elemental beings in African folklore
This is the South African version of the international hit series ‘Sesame Street’ co-produced by Sesame Workshop, but with a distinct African flavour! This particular series is in English, but you can search for the series which incorporates 11 of South Africa’s national languages