is a freelance writer whose work focuses on emerging cultures across the African diaspora. She currently covers women’s soccer for ESPN’s Andscape (formerly The Undefeated), focusing specifically on players of African descent, and for Vox’s Eater, where she profiles chefs and restaurants that feature cuisines across the Black diaspora.
Prior to freelancing, Tamerra was the features editor at TechCabal, a Nigeria-based publication that covers the impact of technology on Africans’ lived experiences. Before that, she was the Africa editor at Rest of World, which explored the intersection of technology and culture outside the western bubble.
After earning her masters from the GloJo-Africana Studies program in 2014 — during which she served as the graduate assistant of the NYU Journalism in Ghana program for two summers — Tamerra was hired at BuzzFeed News as the outlet’s first news assistant. Less than a year later, she was promoted to a breaking news reporter, where she covered the Sandra Bland case, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2016 presidential election in the US, among several other major events.
In 2017, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya, and became BuzzFeed News’ first East Africa correspondent, though her reporting regularly took her beyond the region. Over the next two and a half years, she covered presidential elections in Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe; the political uprising in Sudan; and the censorship of an LGBT film in Kenya, among many other stories. She also profiled Black trans activists-turned-politicians in Brazil’s 2018 presidential elections, and a climate change-induced drought in Madagascar.