The Nest Collective is a small army of thinkers, makers and believers living and working in Nairobi—

Together we explore our troubling modern identities, re-imagine our pasts and remix our futures. In all our works, we prioritize the acknowledgement and stating of our different individual perspectives and privileges. We don't always agree with one another, and our work strives to convey this dialogue. We create work together, dissecting and subverting the layers of how Africans are seen and unseen, what Africans can and cannot do, where Africans can and cannot go, and what Africans can and cannot say.

Founded in 2012, the Nest Collective has created works in film, music, fashion, visual arts and literature such as the critically-acclaimed queer anthology film Stories of Our Lives, which has so far screened in over 80 countries and won numerous awards, and Tuko Macho—a groundbreaking interactive crime web series widely considered to be one of the best African TV series. The Nest Collective also founded HEVA—Africa's first creative business fund—to strengthen the livelihoods of East Africa's creative entrepreneurs.

Members: Amal Mohamed, George Gachara, Jim Chuchu, Kendi Kamwambia, Mars, Njeri Gitungo, Njoki Ngumi, Noel Kasyoka, Olivia Ambani, Sunny Dolat and Wakiuru Njuguna, with project support from Hope Bii.


We've been very lucky, and we've won some cool awards:

Nominations and Awards
Berlinale Teddy Awards, Jury Prize (2015)
Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, 2nd Place (2015)
Berlin Fashion Film Festival, Best Original Music (2015)
Upinde Gay and Lesbian Awards, Tukio Award (2014)

Selected Screenings
Toronto International Film Festival (2016)
Berlin International Fashion Film Festival (2015)
MoMA Documentary Fortnight Festival (2015)
65th Berlin International Film Festival (2015)
BFI: Flare (2015)
MoMA Documentary Fortnight Festival (2015)
Toronto International Film Festival (2014)
Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival (2014)

Selected Exhibitions
"Here Forward", Group Show, Matter Gallery (2017)
"Fashion Film in Africa", Guggenheim Bilbao (2016)
"Black Fantasia", Kunsthal Charlottenborg (2016)
"The Nest Collective", East Africa Focus, FNB Joburg Art Fair
"Fashion Cities Africa", Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove (2016)
"Making Africa", A Continent of Contemporary Design", Vitra Design Museum (2015)
"Africa is Now", Design Indaba 2015, Cape Town (2015)
"Afropean Mimicry and Mockery", Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (2014)
"Shifting Africa", Mediations Biennale Poznan, Poland (2014)