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Introducing Charmain Franklin: CEO of the Tambo Collection

Born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Canada, I founded Tambo Collection in 2006 after becoming disenfranchised with my current occupation as a Registered Nurse in Canada. I began to bead as therapy using African trade beads and natural beads. I gave these beads away as gifts and as time went by, I started selling them at events.. I convinced myself I could do it…   —- Charmain Ceo and Founder of the Tambo Collection

And boy did she ever!

Glass beads


These are just a few of the beautiful, handmade items from this very determined woman’s shop on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/tambocollection

And her own personal website:


Cowry print dress

Back away, ladies. This dress is mine.

Ms. Franklin blew me away with her creativity and design skills and convinced me that all Africans are capable of using our natural God-given gift of imagination to build an empire. She carries headwraps, which is needed to protect our crown (chakra) from evil. She has clothing for children as well as shoes and the much coveted Mudcloth Fabric.

 This business has allowed me to quit Nursing and follow my dreams. I married and moved to New York in 2012. Today I carry not only my unique fashions but I have created the unique ready-made African head wrap called Afri Wrap, a versatile head wrap for those who have trouble tying head wraps. My head wraps come with instructions and as a customer states, “it’s fool proof”. Today, my shop is a mix of African prints, trade beads, supplies and one of a kind African fashions and accessories. A true reflection of my culture and what I love.

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This incredible young woman has words of wisdom for the black family:

I live by the words of the honorable Marcus Garvey: “If you have no confidence of self, then you are twice defeated in the race of life.”

Black family

We are doing everything possible in this fight called independence but we need your support. Please do not buy from the European. We have ALL that you need. But from us and just us. Keep the money in our community and take back what truly belongs to you: Everything.

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