About Kwame Nyong'o

Kwame Nyong’o is a writer, illustrator and animated film director, well known for his children's books A Tasty Maandazi, I Love Ugali and Sukuma Wiki and The Yummiest Githeri. Kwame is passionate about creating positive content about Africa, stories that span the continent's past, present and exciting future.

Kwame has been involved in various animation training and production initiatives such as UNESCO's Africa Animated! Project, which trained over 40 African animators across the continent with an internationally acclaimed curricula, and Tinga Tinga Tales,a 3+ Disney children’s animated series which was produced in Kenya.

Kwame's well regarded shorts, The Legend of Lwanda Magere and, The Legend of Ngong Hills, have won many awards for their exploration of animation as a means to tell African folk tales. In 2017 and 2018 Kwame was on the team that bagged awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France for The World's Most Eligible Bachelor, a digital campaign supporting northern White Rhino conservation in Kenya.

Kwame's film The Wonderful Story of Aisha Ali and Flipflopi, The Multicoloured Dhow Boat was selected in competition at Annecy 2021 in the Young Audiences Category, the first ever Kenyan short film selection at Annecy.

Kwame’s other projects include Twende a 2D action comedy produced by Braintrust (UK) where he serves as an Executive Producer. Kwame is also a co-creator with his brother Tavia on Frogboy, a 2D action drama in development with Apes in Space animation.


Kwame Nyong'o