Kudzai Ngundu is a writer, concept artist, illustrator, creative director and co-founder of AfroTokyo in Zimbabwe. AfroTokyo is a pre-production studio that does storyboards, concept art, animation, comic illustration as well as manga/comic writing for use in the educational, advertising and entertainment industries.
Kudzai is also part of TaNyaKu, a manga writing collective of three brothers, Tawanda Ngundu, Nyasha Ngundu and Kudzai Ngundu. Kudzai and his brothers have a distinct art style that marries Japan’s anime and manga aesthetic with Zimbabwe. Their style is evident in their individual comics, Monkey Ngano by Kudzai Ngundu, Paper Angels by Tawanda Rodney Ngundu and Bawt by Nyasha Ngundu.
Earlier this year, Kudzai was one of the panellists at FANCON 2019. He was on a panel with Tino Makoni, Tafadza Zombie and Bill Masuku discussing the state of comics in Zimbabwe. The panel was called Exploring the Zimbabwean Comics Scene and was moderated by Andrew Lamprecht.
Kudzai was also one of the many artists who showcased their work in the artists’ alley at Comic-Con Africa.
Bonus Kudzai Ngundu Art
See more of Kudzai Ngundu’s work on Instagram.
Bahari Blue is Squid Mag’s Kadi Yao Tay and Kofi Sydney Asare’s and illustrator Bolaji “Art Nerd X” Olaloye’s scrapbook of favourite African (including the diaspora sometimes) artists they love, are inspired by and believe the whole world needs to know about.