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Simon Mukali

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Simon ‘Se’ydou’ Mukali is a Director/Writer born in Nairobi, Kenya on 8th May 1983. He was studying Architecture when, while working on holiday, he got to interact with media professionals in television. He decided to bite the bullet and switch careers, getting into the world of production. He has worked for six years on various Read More

Patience Katushabe Asaba

Patience Katushabe

Patience Katushabe Asaba was born in Ugandan and has loved films since her childhood. Her great break through was when she started making films in 2011, at the age of 17, with the Maisha Youth program -Youth And Films. She was trained to make films and was the editor of a short film called “Mandu.” Read More

Nicolas Impano Blaise

Nicolas Impano Blaise

Nicolas Impano Blaise, 24, Rwanda filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and animator In 2013, he directed his first short film Kanyambo, which won Rwanda movie award – best short film, and second short film in A Thousand hills academy awards. Founder of Africa Fiction Films and Animation Company, which is based on producing African stories in animation. Read More

Mugume Davidson

It started in 2007 when I finished my A-level exams and I did not know what to do with my life, the fear of going to university and kill precious time studying a course that I did not love gave me nightmares, by then even the thought of making films was a dream in a Read More

Jamir Musenze Jamal

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My name is Jamir Musenze Jamal. I am a filmmaker. I started the journey of filmmaking in 2004 after spending a period of time while practicing creative writing and photo journalism as a freelancer.   I have been in the filmmaking world while undertaking personal projects in my film Art Studio as well as getting involved Read More

Godwin Otwoma

Godwin Otwoma was born and raised in Kenya and currently lives in Nairobi. He studied English and Management in College. He previously worked as a Copy Writer in an Advertising Agency. He’s credits include Editor Zebu and the Photo Fish (2010), a Maisha short directed by Zippy Nyaruri, Writer/Director Urban Prophet (2010), documentary short, Editor Read More

Gilbert Ndahayo

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My name is Gilbert Ndahayo, also known as the Rwandan Filmmaker. Much as I currently live in USA, I was born in a traditional village of Astrida, so named after Queen Astrid of Belgium, southern Rwanda in 1975, Gilbert Ndahayo migrated to New York City in 2008. After five years working as country coordinator and Read More

Allan Manzi

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Director, Assitant Director, Producer, Editor I am a Maisha Film Lab Alum born and bread in Kampala, Uganda. I joined Maisha in 2011 for the filmmaker’s lab that year. It was after joining Maisha that I confirmed my true calling to be a filmmaker/storyteller. It was actually after speaking to Maisha founder Mira Nair that Read More

Alexander Nyirinkwaya

I am called Alexander Nyirinkwaya Native Rwandan. I was born on April 1992, in GASABO – Kigali city the capital city of Rwanda. I started cinema in 2012 in Almond TREE FILMS where I was On set of some films done in a session of a simple of work, in 2013 I have attended Maisha Read More

Abdu Simba

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Abdu holds a BA (Honours) degree in History and Politics from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. As a professional, he has developed significant business experience as a director of a number of firms engaged in consumer goods manufacturing, insurance brokerage, advisory services and entertainment. He is the former Head of the Read More