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Ciku Kimeria is a Kenyan author "Of goats and poisoned oranges" - (https://www.amazon.com/goats-poisoned-oranges-Ciku-Kimeria-ebook/dp/B00HBBWPI6), development consultant, adventurer and travel blogger (www.thekenyanexplorer.com). She writes both fiction and non-fiction focusing on African stories that need telling. She has worked on diverse pieces for various international and local publications including Quartz, Ozy, The East African etc. She has travelled to 45 countries – 16 of them in Africa. 153 countries to go and 63 territories!
"Of goats and poisoned oranges" has been extremely well received in Kenya and beyond. It tells the story of a Kenyan middle aged power couple and their complicated marriage. The novel explores issues of greed, revenge, betrayal and murder. It runs from the 1960s to 2013. It has been described as “Wicked, funny, poignant, wacky, human, a big ball of fun and danger”, “A unique and captivating book”, “Fun and intriguing”, “Impossible to put down once you start reading.”
She recently moved to Dakar, Senegal from Kenya to work on her second novel. She also works at as the Africa Communication Manager at a leading global strategy consulting firm.
She holds a B.S. in Management Science from MIT with minors in Urban Planning and International development studies.
Some days, more than others, I feel the weight of the patriarchy on my shoulders. I feel so frustrated by this life which feels like a constant struggle to prove that being a woman does not make me "less than". Being a feminist in this patriarchal world almost always feels like an uphill battle. Every now and then, though, I meet other unapologetic African feminists (both female and male) or discover something – a song, a podcast that makes me want to jump up and clap! Realizing that there are so many pockets of people who feel the same way, people whose jaws drop when they have to deal with the same patriarchal nonsense. It's a source of comfort for the days when I feel drained.
She said what she said is a segment on the girlslikeme podcast hosted by Doreen (@DoreenGLM) and Joan (@JoanCGLM) and guest host Adaku.
I know that my life would be much easier if I was a patriarchy-princess or the type of woman who just accepted that misogyny is a part of life and found my way to get a few treats by aligning myself to the system. My soul, though, has always been imbued with a sense of justice. That means that all isms even beyond those that directly affect me – racism and sexism – always rile me up. Whether someone is being discriminated against because of tribe, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, age, marital status or any other line along which we choose to diminish each other's humanity—it vexes my soul. Finding other allies in the various fights against injustice always encourages me to keep fighting the good fight, in whichever little ways I can.
SSWSS is a segment where we unapologetically discuss everyday life from our perspective as feminists. We will be sharing our opinions on topics relevant to girls like us (specifically African) who question everything we are expected to accept, that does not serve us.