Quartz editor-in-chief Katherine Bell has announced Ciku Kimeria will be officially joining the Quartz Africa team as editor. She is a longtime contributor to Quartz Africa and has authored almost 40 articles for the site, on topics as wide-ranging as the perils of traveling with an African passport to the optimism inspired by Africa’s first NFT are collections.
Ciku is also the author of two novels: her latest novel “Dance of the Monkeys,” is a whodunit mystery novel that focuses on a Nairobi engagement party that turns deadly. She has also written for a variety of outlets, including African Arguments, OkayAfrica, and The Africa Report.
Ciku comes to Quartz with a wealth of communication, strategy consulting, and project management experience, having worked for and served as a communication advisor to Dalberg Advisors, Open Society Initiative of West Africa, and The Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund. Ciku has a bachelor of science degree in management from MIT and speaks English, Swahili, and French. She has traveled to 55 countries, 22 of which are in Africa. She started in early June and is based in Nairobi and Dakar.
“Over the past years, Quartz Africa has built a strong reputation as a trusted media house that is changing the narrative on the continent with its focus on innovation, technology, and the businesses driving these sectors,” Kimeria says. “My vision moving forward is for us to impact regional and national policy even more with our coverage on the innovators building our economies and the constraints they face.”
She adds, “I am taking over this role at a very critical time. We are in the midst of a pandemic, economies are shrinking, and unemployment is at an all-time high on the continent. It’s easy to despair, but it’s at times like this when it is most important to tell our stories and push for reforms that will foster trade and investment, and lead to a more interconnected Africa.”