Born in Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire, Stephanie Kimou and her family moved to the Washington DC area when she was 5. With parents that ensured that her and her siblings were surrounded by attikee, calling cards, fou fou, bissap, and Gadji Celi, she never found herself feeling too far from home.
She went on to study political science and gender studies at St. John's University, Georgetown University, and the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. From there began a career in international development, with an emphasis on the empowerment of the African woman.
After managing a social enterprise in rural Tanzania; Stephanie now works in reproductive and maternal health issues in francophone Africa. She has visited/worked in over 15 African countries, writing extensively on issues of xenophobia, post-colonial reconstruction, African feminism, and governance across the continent.
She is a writer, interior design enthusiast, mama's girl, lip stick collector, and low budget traveler.