Celestine Wamiru

Illustrator & Cartoonist


Celeste, as best known, begun her drawing career as children’s books illustrator and  later ventured into political commentary in a local newspaper in Kenya, making her the first  female editorial cartoonist to be published in East and Central Africa.  

She is now freelance, drawings cartoons for community impact and change in partnership various international NGOs in Nairobi and providing visual communication solutions in a  variety of digitally drawn imagery like cartoons, illustrations, white board animations/  explainers as well as sketch note-taking for workshops. 

She is a member of the global organization Cartoon Movement. Pillars of Africa Awards  recognized her as a Youth Peer model- Arts category in 2016, for her exemplary track record  in a male dominated field.  

She is a co-founder of Karakana Online Kenya, an artist run social enterprise that endeavors  to mentor, empower and foster collaborations for a vibrant creative industry in Kenya. She showcases her witty cartoons and illustrations online on Facebook as Cartoons by Celeste and her Twitter handle is @toonsbyceleste. 

She graduated from the University of Nairobi with first-class honors in BA Design- Illustration  major