Born in Nairobi, Wanuri is part of the new generation of African storytellers. Her stories and films have received international acclaim. Her films screened in numerous film festivals around the world. To date, Wanuri has written and directed six films and is working on her second feature-length film. And of course, her speciality in sci-fi films distinguishes her from other filmmakers across Africa. In addition, Wanuri co-founded AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media company that supports, creates and commissions fun, fierce and frivolous African art.
When Wanuri Kahiu took to the TED Fellows stage this week in Vancouver, the 36-year-old had on green shoes and a beaded necklace worn like a crown — a hint to her offbeat worldview. “People ask if it’s difficult to blend science fiction and Africa,” she said this month at the Quartz Africa Innovators Summit in Nairobi, where 32 honorees selected by Quartz were celebrated for their contributions across business, technology, education, and culture. ‘As far as I know, science and Africa have never been separate.’
It is also almost difficult to separate magical realism of Fagunwa’s world and Okri’s world from Hollywood science fiction where anything could happen. Among Wanuri’s films are PUMZI (2009); From A Whisper, feature film written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu (2008). Watch her films here.