Cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa, a.k.a Gado was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on August 6, 1969. Gado is the editorial cartoonist for the The EastAfrican Standard In Nairobi. He is most Syndicated Political/Editorial cartoonist in the East and Central Africa. His works have also been published in Daily Nation (Kenya), Le Monde and Courrier International (France), Deutsche Welle (Germany), The Guardian of London among others.

He is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Buni Media, an independent Multi-media company based in Nairobi. A classical animator from Vancouver Film school, Gado is a creator and Producer of the weekly satirical puppet show, The XYZ SHOW.


Gado is a 2007 Prince Claus Laureate. He is also a winner of Kenya National Human Rights Commission Award in Journalism in 2005 and 2007. Gado is a recipient of the prestigious Cartoon for Peace 2016 International Editorial Cartoon award, In 2011 Gado was among 12 extraordinary leaders to receive a Visionaries Award from Ford Foundation for their innovative efforts on the frontlines of key social issues. In 2014, Gado was named as one of the 100 most influential people in Africa by one of Africa’s leading publication, NewAfrican.

Gado is a member of Cartoonists Rights Network (CRN), Cartoonist For Peace and Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ).

He lives in Nairobi with his wife Stephanie Uwingabe and daughters Mwaji-Odeta and Keza-Anganile.