Our Story

Mam Lissong

Owner, Founder, Mother, Nollywood Junkie

Mam Lissong is the founder of this illustrious company. She lays the foundation for our business as the retail buyer. Her professional background includes being an Occupational Therapist of 18 years, adjunct professor at Delaware State University, and Doctoral Candidate at Temple University.


Creative Director, Daughter, Plantain Princess

Tejiri is the professional sidekick of Mam Lissong. Anything mom wants, she gets! Tejiri also assumes the position of the creative engine for Tesito. Her lane is expansive and includes everything from brand storytelling to how pieces are showcased for sale.

  • Authenticity

    We aim to share a genuine narrative of Africa. The rich levels of diversity and cultures that are indigenous to these lands, deserve as many spotlights as we can give the them.

  • Quality Craftsmanship

    We pride ourselves in providing artisan-crafted pieces that will stand the test of time and trends. Our passion for starting this business is grounded in wanting to show the world that African craftsmanship is second to none.

  • Lineage

    We honor our late mother and grandmother Erica Lucinda Kehinde Richards Ohwotu. She was the spark that lit Tesito's flame. We honor legacy and lineage with whatever we do by celebrating intergenerational traditions, cultures, and practices.