Cameroonian Paulette Mpouma is the DC-based inventor & entrepreneur of “The Africa Memory Game,” a fun board game “for ages 6-104” based on facts and knowledge about the length and breadth of Africa. Paulette’s ever-expanding inventory includes several African country-specific games, dolls from a women’s collective in Cote d’Ivoire, raffia sculptures from a Malagasy artist, geography puzzles and more. Check out her website for more info.

As an African parent living in the US, Paulette was having trouble finding educational games about Africa for her young kids. She wanted a way to connect them to their roots while having fun. So with a matching grant from the Ethiopian Community Development Council, “The Africa Memory Game” was launched in 2009. Paulette has since been featured on NPR and her products are available in museum shops across DC. After a successful trip to Nigeria and DRC, Paulette is excited about the possibilities for new markets in Africa, and developing new products for them.

Paulette is also one of the founders and guiding forces behind Teaching Africa Day, held in downtown Silver Spring since 2015. This annual expo showcases educational products and programs that help teach about Africa in schools, community centers, churches, etc.. This year’s event is free to the public from 9am-4pm on September 21 at the Silver Spring Civic Center.