Cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa, a.k.a Gado was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on August 6, 1969. After finishing his A- levels, he joined Ardhi Institute to study architecture. One year later in 1992, Gado left to become Editorial cartoonist and illustrator with Nation Media Group in Nairobi, Kenya, the largest newspaper group in East and Central Africa. Before joining Nation, Gado freelanced with Daily News, Business Times and the Express all of Tanzania.
A regular contributor to New African (UK) and Courier International (France) and other Publications around the Globe, Gado is the most Syndicated Political/Editorial cartoonist in the East and Central Africa. His works have also been published in Le Monde (France), The Guardian of London and numerous websites.
Apart from illustrating and contributing to many books and publications Gado has done 4 books, Abunuwasi (1996), a short comic story book, “Democracy”, “The end of an error…!? Crisis…?! What Crisis? which are a collection of his editorial cartoons over the years.
An ardent lover of animation and film since childhood, Gado studied Visual Communication at Fabrica, a Communication Research Center in Treviso, Italy (1996-1997). In the year 2000, he realized his dream of becoming a professional animator/Filmmaker when he joined Vancouver Film School in Canada, where he studied classical animation graduating in 2001.
Gado is a creator and Producer of the weekly social Satirical puppet show, the XYZ Show appeared on Citizen TV since its inception in 2009-2010 and also appeared on Kiss TV in season 4-6. Currently, in its 9th season on NTV, Nairobi.
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. In 1999 he was named Kenya Cartoonist of the Year. He has exhibited his works in Tanzania, Kenya, France, Norway, Finland, Italy and United States. Gado is a member of Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), the Association of East African Cartoonists (KATUNI), Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate (C&W) and a Board Member of Cartoonist Rights Network (CRN). He is also the Executive Chairman of BUNI MEDIA, an independent Media and film production company based in Nairobi.
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 and offer clear and concrete pathways to improved economic opportunities and expanded political and social participation for millions of marginalized people worldwide.
Gado continues produce XYZ show and to do editorial cartoons for the Daily and Sunday Nation and the EastAfrican. He lives in Nairobi with his wife Stephanie Uwingabe and daughters Mwaji-Odeta and Keza-Anganile.