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Nyambura M. Waruingi is a writer, producer, and curator at the intersection of art, culture, and immersive technology.
As the Founder and Creative Director of Akoia & Company Ltd and with over 20 years of global experience in creative and cultural industries, she experiments with unique ways to imagine new worlds through filmmaking, immersive storytelling and gaming.
While developing and producing transformative projects, she has curated and produced exhibitions for various cultural institutions: Johannesburg Art Gallery, Goethe Institut, National Museums of Kenya, among many more. Akoia & Company Ltd partners with a variety of international cultural institutions, and interactive/immersive production studios to engage authentically with audiences, provoke bold conversations, and produce visionary projects.
Our mantra is: “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible.” – bell hooks, Art On My Mind: Visual Politics (1995). Through Akoia, #ImmersiveJuaKali Conversations have been hosted in various festivals and conferences, bringing together XR practitioners from Africa and the Global South to discuss emerging XR trends in artistic practices and technological evolutions across platforms.
Currently, Nyambura M. Waruingi is the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of Akoia’s XR flagship project, The Ground Screams To Whisper, a trans-platform immersive experience about the resilience, courage, and triumph of everyday female freedom fighters, which shaped Kenya’s independence struggle. The project merges animation, installation arts, and extended reality. #imagineradically