2017 Photo by Augie

2017 Photo by Augie

I am a published author and qualitative researcher. My work endeavours bring together themes of rural-urban migration, change, and complexities involved when making choices. 

Since 2016, I have published five books on Amazonand implemented research studies on food choices African immigrants in cities.  

Photo: Eileen KO. tinyurl.com/jp9j856 

Photo: Eileen KO. tinyurl.com/jp9j856 

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I publish a newsletter, Unveiling Our Food Story and a blog on Intentional Eating.

My story of food goes back to my childhood days. I was brought up within a large family on a rural farm in Kenya where we cultivated most of the food that we ate. My journey of education and work took me out of Home into towns and cities of the world. Subsequently; I have traveled to more than 20 countries and lived in cities for three decades.

The Story of my Pen and Paper

The story of my pen and paper commenced when I learned to hold a pencil, disappeared somewhere in-between, then re-emerged; because, good ideas never die, they sleep for just a night.

Traces of my writing skills continued to pop up at different stages of my life. After high school, I published articles in a magazine (The Nairobi Observer) and made money from copy-sales. Before completion of my Bachelors degree program, I published poems in an Anthology (Boundless Voices: Poems from Kenya) and worked as a news reporter and features writer for a national daily publisher.

Photo of book

Photo of book

The days of a typewriter

The days of a typewriter

In between, I have lived a fulfilling and memorable life as a parent, member of a family and community; and the rewards are uncountable.  I have read widely, an adventure that culminated in my specialization in Rural and Environmental Sociology.

I have work experience from Canada and countries of Eastern Africa. Working and learning with natural resources dependent communities on security of land tenure, household food security, gender in rural development, farmer initiated research, forestry and food security and rural-urban inter-dependencies, among other themes.

My unwavering interest and focus on people and their livelihoods has taken me places: I have traveled within countries of Africa without being called a tourist. I have climbed mountains, called hills in Nepal, Thailand, Bangladesh, to Vietnam where currency conversion made me an instant millionaire!

My first experience of winter was in the USA as a Cascadia Quest youth volunteer, then Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, and historical Italy, among others. My next adventure is the North Pole! On my way I made a stop over to acquire a well-kept secret, how to keep breathing at minus 40 degrees Celsius.

At the Rockies

At the Rockies

Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana

Nepal

Nepal

Seattle

Seattle

It is my adventure, stay tuned for more.