Africa On My Back is a celebration of past, present, and future. Our durable and lightweight Kente-print backpacks provide students and professionals with a stylish, yet functional, connection to African culture and heritage. Our backpacks and other accessories are handmade by artisans in Ghana, West Africa. Selling at artisanal markets has become the second largest source of income in the developing world, and Africa On My Back gives small-scale African producers access to the $1 trillion African-American market.
Africa On My Back was founded in 2016 by Shannette Prince, following her first visit to the continent. Enlisting her two sons, Isaiah and Cameron, as partners, Shannette began Africa On My Back to bring authentic African products to the diaspora and rest of world. A percentage of all proceeds goes to The King’s Compass, a community partner and mentoring organization that seeks to empower African-American boys in Houston, Texas.