Kwame Nyong’o Biography
Kwame is a Kenyan-American writer, illustrator, animator, director and producer. He is well known for his children’s books A Tasty Maandazi, I Love Ugali and Sukuma Wiki and
The Yummiest Githeri. Kwame is passionate about offering stories about Africa that are often not shown, positive and uplifting narratives from the continent’s past, present and exciting future.
He has been involved in various animation training and production initiatives such as UNESCO’s Africa Animated! Project and Tinga Tinga Tales, a 3+ 2D series produced in Kenya for Disney.
Kwame’s animated shorts The Legend of Lwanda Magere and The Legend of Ngong Hills have won many awards worldwide for their exploration of using animation to tell African folklore. In 2017 and 2018 Kwame was on the team that bagged awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for The World’s Most Eligible Bachelor, a digital campaign supporting Northern White Rhino conservation in Kenya. Kwame’s latest short film The Wonderful Story of Aisha Ali and Flipflopi The Multicoloured Dhow Boat was in official selection at Annecy 2021 in the Young Audiences Category,
a first for Kenya.