Our mission is to preserve and promote West African languages and culture in the hearts and minds of children and adults across the world, empowering them to develop authentic cultural expressions within their country of residence.
Culture Tree Ltd. was founded in 2015, when Gbemisola Isimi discovered that there weren’t many resources or avenues to help with teaching her children her mother tongue, Yorùbá.
Our brands continue to grow as we partner and work on innovative and immersive ways to showcase the beauty, value and diversity of cultures on the African continent, making it fun, entertaining, engaging and accessible to everyone, wherever they are.
Dame Karin Barber
Dame Karin Barber (DBE, FBA) is a British cultural anthropologist and academic, who specialises in the Yoruba-speaking area of Nigeria. From 1999 to 2017, she was Professor of African Cultural Anthropology at the University of Birmingham. In 2018 she received the Distinguished Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the UK. In 2019, she received the President’s Life-time Achievement Award of the Royal Anthropological Institute. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003 and served as the British Academy’s Vice-President (Humanities) 2008-10. She was editor of Africa, the journal of the International African Institute, 2006-14. She was President of the African Studies Association of the UK (2000-2002) and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to the study of African culture. She has been given the Yoruba chieftaincy title Iyamoye of Okuku, as well as being made an Honorary Citizen of Ọṣun State, Nigeria.