Book Launch of Young Kenyan Conservationist

On May 24th, 2016 the Kenya High Commission hosted a book launch of young Kenyan author Jess de Boer book ” the Elephant and the Bee”  one of the many events that are a part of her UK Press Tour.   The Elephant and the Bee is a story of a young modern day explorer journey as she tackles the enormous challenges of aid in Africa, environmental concerns, and conservation issues.

The event was organised by the Kenya High Commission Education Counsellor Mrs. Margaret Lesuuda and Jacaranda Books representative Jazzmine Breary and officiated by Deputy Head of Mission Amb. Jackline Yonga.

Jess de Boer is a young Kenyan beekeeper, CSR consultant and co-founder of Barefoot Solutions Kenya. She is dedicated to promoting and producing sustainable, ethical practices in agriculture and food production and is a regular speaker on issues of permaculture and sustainable livelihoods.  

She has gained notable accolades that include winning the 2014 Africa Book Club Short Reads competition with her story The Honey Man as well in the same year the Women’s Triathlon at the Commonwealth Games representing Kenya in Glasgow.

In speaking to the audience, Ms. de Boer talked about her personal story of growing up in Kenya, a place that allowed her to experience the beautiful natural environment one she now dedicates her life to conserving.

When asked where the title of her book the Elephant and the Bee derived from; she explained that she was inspired by the work of Dr. Lucy King Beehive Fences project. A project that explores the use of Beehive Fences as a natural elephant deterrent creating a social and economic boost to poverty-stricken rural communities through pollination services and the sustainable harvesting of “Elephant-Friendly Honey”. This small solution to the big problem is what her book is all about and one she wanted her book to be entitled.

In her address Amb. Yonga congratulated Ms. De Boer on her successful book and her work in conservation;  and encouraged her to use the writing talent to inspire others especially in her area of focus; environmental issues. She thanked the publisher Jacaranda Books for publishing Jess’ book and promoting works of other writers.

Jess joins a group of young Kenyan Ambassadors that are making a positive impact on the world and doing Kenya proud, concluding by wishing her the very best in her bright future.

If you would like to meet the Author and check out her book, you can catch her at the below events:

Wednesday 25th May
African Wealth, in Fact, Fiction, and Academia
Reading & Q&A with Jess de Boer, Frances Mensah Williams & Rex McKenzie
Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ
An evening of readings and vibrant discussion of African wealth and economy as represented in fiction, non-fiction, and academia.
(More info attached)
Thursday 26th May
Reading and Q&A in conjunction with the Contemporary Small Press and Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture
The University of Westminster, Westminster Forum, 32-38 Wells St, London W1T 3UW.
Jess will be introduced and the Q&A facilitated by Sally-Shakti Willow, a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Westminster and Research Assistant at The Contemporary Small Press.