Kenyan filmakers Toni Kamau and Wanjiru Njendu nominated to join Oscar academy and hollywood

Kenya film industry goes international after two filmmakers Toni Kamau and Wanjiru Njendu hand-picked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to enter the ranks of voting members.

They are following the footsteps of Lupita Nyong’o, Wanuri Kahiu, and Judy Kibinge who have since joined Hollywood’s most prestigious club.

This is the fourth year in a series that the institution has broken its record after inviting 928 new members last year.

The two are among 819 film creators from various countries across the world who were invited to join the club this year.

Kamau is a content producer with over ten years’ experience producing content for global broadcasters including Al Jazeera, BBC World, and MTV Europe while Njendu is an award-winning film director based in Los Angeles, California.

“I am sitting here crying because as of today I am beyond honored to say I am a new member of The Academy opening the email eight hours before my birthday. This little girl who came from Mombasa to be a director in Hollywood is a member of the academy,” said Ngendu after receiving the news.

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