Cheif Nyamweya
Author & Animator

Chief Nyamweya is an author and visual artist whose work fuses storytelling, Illustration and animation to explore history, sustainability, technology and creativity. He is currently the co-founder and creative director of Freehand Studios, an African visual arts and social impact studio. In 2018, Chief graduated from the University of Nairobi with an LLB(Hons) degree and fully qualified as a chartered accountant before taking the unlikely decision to pursue a career as an artist. In 2016, he was awarded a scholarship by Google to attend Singularity University in San Francisco and in 2019, was listed on Business Daily Africa’s top 40 under 40 Men. The 35 year old father of one has since published the celebrated graphic novel Art of Unlearning (2019) as well as directed several animations such as Big Brother is Coming to the Farm which explores the dark side of the digitization of food production. He is currently developing a trans media story Trust (2021) set in a near future fictional African nation known as Wahengaland, in which a young woman struggles against the corruption of her homeland with the help of a secret weapon from her grandmother.

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