Jess de Boer, Class of 2004 alumnus, was born and raised in Nairobi. From a young age, inspired by her surroundings, Jess had a strong desire to bring about a positive change in the world. On graduating from University, Jess worked in a variety of industries, from private chefing in the Swiss Alps to maggot farming in Thailand, travelling the world and documenting her many attempts to make a positive change.
In 2014 Jess won The Africa Book Club Short Reads competition with her story The Honey Man. She now works a farmer relations manager in Kilifi.
The Elephant and the Bee is her first book. It takes us on her unique transition from privilege to a nomadic world traveller. Funny and extremely well written, this book follows Jess’ bizarre and hilarious experiences on her travels, until a strange sequence of events takes her, broken and lost, back to Africa.