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she was made by tyco in the same year i was born in 1992 she is black and come with a ton of beads and hair lotion.
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James - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Kenya was the best doll ever! I got one when I was like 7 or 8 and I loved "relaxing" her hair with the magic lotion. I had so much fun with her that I ended up with like 3 or 4 of them. I still have all of mine!!! They are back and I bought one for my 3yr. old goddaughter! A beautiful doll with gorgeous African American features!!
James - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I also remember my neighbors Tasha and Brittany going crazy over the Kenya Dolls as well! We all used to play with them together on the school bus! Kenya was one of the best dolls for African American children because she the first all black Doll-line and she symbolized taking pride in our unique features! These dolls provided us with hours of hairstyling fun!! All of my dolls still have fabulous curls after all these years and I'm almost 25 now! I'm so glad that they put her back on the market. I think it is very important for African-american children to have dolls and action figures that reflect their heritage and remarkable beauty!! I remember one year the Sparkle Pretty Kenya Doll came out with all sorts of gold jewelry and charms to decorate her hair (I was in HEAVEN)! This doll is one of my most prized and loved dolls! Shot out to Tyco Industries for making my friends and I very happy children. Kenya also had a slammin' commercial that stated "Making Kenya look pretty, makes me feel pretty too."
Kwanita - May 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I had this doll too. I loved styling her hair and using the lotion. Great fun!!!
Tevin - May 15, 2008 - Report this comment
i had some many childhood memories of her i remember watching on tv and a few years later i read a book on her after in 2002 that christmas i saw a kenya ad from 1995.
Tevin - May 15, 2008 - Report this comment
i uploaded this page i tried so hard to put her on the 90's page but they were too slow.
James - November 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I also remeber having a soft-bodied baby doll named Baby Kiana. I think that she was Kenya's baby sister. She also came with hairstyling products like little ribbons, twister and clip barrettes. I remember parting her hair against the factory created parts, and styling her hair so that it looked like she had natural skin parts in her hair. I recently discovered her in my storage trunk and she had 2 Afro puffs still in her hair, complete with a natural looking part. Very cute baby doll!!
Lyn - November 30, 2008 - Report this comment
James, would you consider selling you Baby Kiana doll?
James - December 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Lyn, I can appreciate your interest in my Baby Kiana Doll, and I would sell her, but I think that she is very rare because it seems like no one has ever heard of her. I had to beg my parents for that doll for Christmas when it came out, so its a little hard to part with. If I had received her under any other circumstance, I would gladly sell her! I'm really trying to hold on to all of my old African American dolls, and watch their value grow with age. I'm so sorry!!
Sheila - December 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I have a Kenya doll that some one gave me recently and I love sitting and doing her hair. It is nice to see that they have African American dolls now that have hair like us. By the way does anyone know where to get another doll from?
Lanette - December 09, 2008 - Report this comment
To Sheila, I was looking for a black baby doll that actually had hair you could comb to give to my 9yr old niece for Christmas. I have two Kenya dolls, a Baby Kiana, and anyone remember these...three Kenya's cousins. But back to the question at hand, I found one for my niece, and you guys won't believe this. I got it from Family Dollar, and they have all three skin tones. Now, does anyone know where to get a Baby Kiana doll from?
James - December 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I recently discovered my Kenya Cousin Doll she was so tiny that I barely saw her in the corner of my storage trunk. I also discovered Kenya's big sister named Simone. She is still wearing a sparkly pink mini-skirt. I think that she came with magic hair lotion too. I was never quite sure why the Kenya cousins are so small, and why Simone is the same build as a Barbie Doll. It's nice rummaging through my old toy trunk and discovering I had the entire Kenya crew!!!
Tevin - December 13, 2008 - Report this comment
when i get older and when i own a toy company i will manufacter her.
Faatimah - December 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember this doll...I got all nostalgic tonight and decided to go online and see if I could find any information on the doll...I remember the song from the commercial! My mom bought me and my god-sister both a Kenya doll. She got the dark skinned one for me and the medium brown skinned one for my god-sister and we would spend literally hours playing with them. The beads, the lotion, wow! Seeing the pictures again took me back!!
Faatimah - December 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Lanette, at which family dollar did you find it(What city I mean?) I live in Arlington Texas and I dont think they have them here...Ill definately go check now that you said you found one there.
Lanette - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
It was a Family Dollar in Jonesboro, GA.
Dorothy - January 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I love kenya dolls and wish they still were out to buy today.I miss kenya alot i once had doll name kenya.
Faatimah - January 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Aah, I see! I want to go check the ones in my area...Thanks Lynette...I never would have thought to look at the family dollar. I hope I can find one there.
Faatimah - January 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I meant Lannette, sorry I misspelled. I have a cousin who spells her name(Lynette) with a "y" anyhow, Thank you!
Ryan - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
The song from the commercial was stuck in my head this morning. Anyone know where I can find a clip of the commercial? No luck on YouTube.
Decora - March 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Im sooo glad others also remember this doll. Ryan, thats the first place I looked once I remembered the tune. Pure nastalgia. These are the one dolls I remember from my childhood but because I could identify with them as well. Luckily, there are some Ebay sellers that have her in the different skintones and her cousins. No luck yet on baby Kiana. :(
Sharon - April 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I am a doll collector and just gave my two grandaughters the dark and the medium brown with lotion. They [layed for hours two weeks ago!!!!!!!
Zakiya - May 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I am selling my Baby Kiana Doll on ebay. She is the sister to Kenya if anybody is wants to buy it. She is very old but still looks good. If u have any questions email me at zakiyamoore@yahoo.com.
Chuck - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I just saw the light-skinned Baby Kiana doll at a Goodwill store. She was NIB. Let me know if you want me to go get her, and what she is worth. tobadmailman@yahoo.com
James - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I found a picture on Christmas morning of me opening my very first Kenya Doll! It was a very special moment because my parents told me that I wasn't going to get her. Needless to say I was CRUSHED!! Well Christmas came and I got tons of gifts, everything except my Kenya Doll. Well my grandmother saw the hurt in my face, and she said "look behind the couch". I saw a gift but I had no clue what it was. As I unwrapped the gift, I saw nothing but a soft, pretty smile and a head full of brown curls. I had my Kenya Doll, and I was so happy that I jumped up and down screaming and hugged the box so tight that I crushed it. In about 10-15mins., her hair was completely straight! I immediately went into hairdresser mode! What glorious memories and thank HEAVEN for wonderful Grandmothers.
Zakiya - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I am selling my Baby Kiana Doll. She is an light skinned doll. She is very old. I had her everything I was an little girl. If anybody want her she on EBAY!!!!!! Or Just hit me up at zakiyamoore@yahoo.com
Stassia - July 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have my Kenya doll, it was a gift from my uncle before he died, so when the storm in New Orleans hit I went straight for her when I went to check on my house I am 26yrs and I still dress her up and comb her hair, I want to pass her to my daughter when she old enough, because thier aren't enough dolls for us these days, I had two Kenya dolls but I was able to find one of them the other one is in my grandmother house somewhere maybe one day when going through all of that junk I'll probably find her, lol
jessica - July 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Do anyone remember how good the lotion smelt?
Deborah - August 07, 2009 - Report this comment
Can anyone tell me were I could purchase one of theses dolls. My mom gave me one becasue it was the only african doll that had a full head of hair that was actually combale & I loved to style the hair and it was becasue of this doll that I learned how to care for an do hair. Now that I am older with a daughter I am running into the same problems, the dolls are made with huge sections of hair missing & after she done styling the hair its barley any left. I need help! I would love for her to have the experience that I had. If anyone knows let me know where..web site or store..doesn't matter. Thanks you all.
Mary J - August 27, 2009 - Report this comment
jessica, I remember the lotion. Lol. I used to rub it in my own hair! Didn't make it so straight as much, but I definitely remember! :)
Meka - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Another doll that I wanted that I didnt get
asia - October 10, 2009 - Report this comment
omg i been lukin for dis doll for the longest dis was the first doll dat i learn how to do hair on i memba she had a cosuin name keyanna or kenyada sumthin like dat
Kelly - November 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I bought my daughter a Kenya doll from WalMart about a month ago, she was in the clearance section. Only $5.00! She absolutely loves her. Although, she did develop a split where her seam is in the crotch, so I don't know how well-made the dolls are now.
James - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Kelly in response to your comment, these new Kenya doll's are not made by Tyco like the ones I had as a child! My goddaughter has a new Kenya, and I was shocked to see that the new ones aren't made with high quality like the original ones. The new ones are made by Uneeda! The original ones are made of quality plastics and had beautiful, managable, thickly rooted hair! I recieved my dolls like back in 1991-92, and they still look new. I would suggest you look on Ebay and find your daughter an original Kenya doll. I'm sure she'll have a completely different experience. I'm sure she'll love and cherish that doll, as we all do on this page. TRUST ME!! The older ones are really manufactured for rigorous, long-term hair play!
nikki - January 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I was at family dollar and saw a couple and got so nostalgic! i remember when i was a kid i wanted one soooo bad, but around christmas they were all sold out and I never got one. I almost bought one today, glad I didn't since the quality doesn't seem to be the same according to the comments. I will definitely be trying to find one on ebay.
Ruth - January 20, 2010 - Report this comment
You have to remember that when Tyco made Kenya, plastics/vinyls were cheaper. The price too that Tyco sold Kenya for was $24.99! Walmart sold Uneeda's Kenya doll for only $11.99. BOTH dolls used the IDENTICAL lotion and was made by the same company. Tyco's doll is much better quality and was more than twice the price! But, Tyco had to support television, print ads, and the Black Expos. remember the commercial? I cannot find it on YOUTUBE. If you can, send me a link please! "Kenya, my own Kenya. Making her feel pretty makes me feel pretty too! Curly hair is really great, magic lotion makes it straight. Braid it! Bead it! She looks like me! Making Kenya pretty makes you feel pretty too!"
Don - January 20, 2010 - Report this comment
She's coming back...Her little legs are going to RUN this time! Keep watching!
jasmyn - January 22, 2010 - Report this comment
i already wrote this but my bday is coming soon and i want the older sister baby kiana and simone because i already have a kenya doll but i love them so much that i want another one does anyone no where to buy them at please.....................tell me anybody
Gabby - January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
All these stories about people lending down their things to family reminds me of this little story. When I was in Kindergarten, my dad got me this little story called 'The Happy Lion' and it was really old, but it was the 50th anniversary so it looked new. Well, anyway, I had called it my favorite story Kindergarten- 1st Grade and sometimes when I took my dog for a walk in 4th I'd tell him the story, but renovate it a little bit. Well the other day I found it in my little brother's room and was shocked that I would have been idiotic enough to let him NEAR it! I took a look through it and it was ok. It just brings back wonderful memories.
I miss her - April 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I want my Kenya doll back!!!!!!!! :(
Kenya - May 20, 2010 - Report this comment
i had a kenya doll wen i was born and thats what i was named after my moma loved this doll and i guess i looked like it i want my doll back
Kiana (honestly) - May 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I tell people all the time that there was a doll named Kiana, but they never believe me! My Mom got one for me when they first came out, because I always complained how I never saw my name anywhere (i.e. key chains, name tags, souveniers, etc) and I was excited to see the commercial too.
Jhonquel favors - July 18, 2010 - Report this comment
my grandmother has a kenya doll that she has never taken out of the box and she is tryin to find a price on how much it could be worth today could somebody help me out with a website or even set a price if you may want it. she has never been removed from her packaging box lotion an all beads still there she still BRAND NEW IF YOU COULD SEND ME A EMAIL TO JHONQUELFAVORS@YAHOO.COM. thank you
James - September 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Ruth, are you the inventor of the Kenya Doll? If so,you were responsible for one happy child back in 92'. I had soo much fun with that doll and now have made a career of hairstyling, as an adult!! THANK YOU!!!
iasia - September 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I wish they would come out with the doll again. Kenya is the reason I love doing hair. she was amazing and the perfect size because i hate large dolls. I had everyone but i can omly find her little cousin which i still have.
Jasmyn - October 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I have not written in a long time but really does like anyone no where I can get the kianna doll I want her so bad I enjoy doing my kenya dolls hair though I figured out actually I want to be a hairstylist.But at the same time my aunt kayla had a kenya doll its in the back of her closet like she said she will never give it away but she doesnt care about it but whatevr
Megan - October 27, 2010 - Report this comment
There is a Kiana doll for sale on ebay right now...it starts at 55.00
pony - October 31, 2010 - Report this comment
I just bought a Kenya doll on eBay. My daughter had one when she was a little girl and LOVED her. Now that my first grandbaby (a girl!) is on the way, this will be the perfect gift for Christmas. One question - does anyone have any idea what the "magic hair lotion" really was? The doll I am buying is used and does not come with the lotion, but I'm hoping it is something I can replicate. Thank you and best wishes to all!
erica - December 19, 2010 - Report this comment
omg i had two kenya dolls that were donated by accident... i really want them back tho so if anyone know where to get one please let me know...email takeeassheis@yahoo.com thanks
Tiera - January 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I really miss my old Kenya dolls. Someone stole them when I was a little girl. I've been going crazy looking for these dolls for my 4 year old. I wish they would make more dolls, because the dolls that are out now aren't as nice as the Kenya dolls.
Love - January 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I was just talking about Baby Kiana Doll!!! My sister had that doll but I would always want to play with it. I was telling my friends that my daughter looks just like Baby Kiana!!! It is good to see dolls that I can relate to. It is sad to go in the stores and the dolls are not how it use to be back in the day!!!
Ree - January 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been look for this kiana doll every sencs l let my daughter take hers ova her father houes for one week end... Her name is kiana but I spelled hers like this Keana.. I would love to find another one... Even tho she is 19years old now lol...
Day - February 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I got my Kenya in the third grade. I loved that doll so much. I had my sister bring her to my graduation and when I went to college I took her with me. But after I moved out my dorm my freshman year I got home and haven't seen her since. I miss her so much now I am a such to find her or a least another like her.
Brittany - March 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a Kiana doll in my closet right now, I got it back in '94 and carried it everywhere I went. To this day my grandma calls her my daughter, because I loved it so much lol.
Kenya - May 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Kenya, hey it's Kenya. Making you look pretty makes me feel pretty too. I remember the song because my name is Kenya.lol
KIKI - December 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I LOVED Kenya, Kiana, and Kenya's little cousin dolls! I was saving my Kenya to give to my daughter, if I ever have one, but my brother threw away all my old dolls. I found 3 Kenya dolls recently and I was going to purchase 2, one for my step daughter and another to keep on standby. I didn't order them right away and obviously someone else purchased them...so bummed!
Brittany - July 02, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG it is so cool to see how many people were touched and amazed by these wonderful toys I too am a kenya fanatic. For me my kenya dolls were everything to me when I felt lonely they were my bestest friends when I was sad they made me happy I loved these dolls as if they were real. I had 6 kenya dolls and their lil sister keyana it takes me back to a very happy place to see the images of them. I got every last kenya doll except on on either december 24th or xmas day so those were their bdays and true story I had a chocolate lil girl on dec 23rd I mean what else was I supposed to name her but kenya and she looks like a lil african kenya doll too she desn't even know how special that name is but I won't stop until she knows lol
Ruth - July 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Ahhhhh Brittany! That's so wonderful! Congratulations! Makes me feel so good that something I invented and designed has touched so many girls' lives. That's why I work so hard! But it is rare to see the success of all my hard work! So happy for you! Keep Growing Up Proud! Ruth Golden-Morace/inventor and designer of Kenya and the Kenya brand line.
Crystal - September 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I so badly need to find a boxed Kenya Doll Before October. My boyfrineds sister wanted one since she was a kid, she still remembers the song and said she was so disappointed every christmas - she's 28 now turning 29 in September and still speaks of the doll as though she still awaits it's arrival. If you know ANYWHERE that I can find it PLEASE HELP.
DollDesigner92 - November 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Everyone I have some GOOD NEWS these dolls are back I bought a couple of the small ones last week at family dollar and they suppose to be available everywhere too I will be buying some of these for my cousins Christmas.
Kenya - November 27, 2012 - Report this comment
My mom bought me the original Kenya doll when I was in the 4th grade for Christmas and I am 29 now. When that doll came out my classmates used to sing her commercial song to me teasing me about my name. My name is actually Wakenya but people could not pronounce it back then. I loved that doll. I still have her in very good condition. I used to love playing with her hair and braiding it and putting beads on her. I was an only child at the time but when my sisters came along years later I wouldn't even let them play with her. She was my first African American doll I ever had. She was and still is a very pretty doll!

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