About the Editors

Akin Jimoh, Chief Editor

Akin Jimoh is a leader in promoting science and public health journalism in his native Nigeria and across the African continent. He was the first news editor for the World Federation of Science Journalists’ website and played key roles as a mentor and anglophone coordinator (2009 - 2013) in the Science Journalism Cooperation (SjCOOP) Project.  

A medical physiologist and health promotion/education specialist by training, Jimoh started his journalism career in 1990. He became a health reporter with Nigeria’s leading publication, The Guardian, where he expanded the health section to also cover areas in science and public health.  He was also involved in the conceptualization of the ‘revenue spinning’ CompuLife section at the Guardian, focusing on emerging markets in technology in Nigeria in the 1990’s.  
Between 2013 and 2017, Jimoh provided professional expertise to the Nigeria Polio Eradication Programme as a communication specialist to shape media response to the polio programme at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).   
A Knight Fellow at MIT in Science Journalism (1999/2000) and Bell Fellow in Population and Development Studies at Harvard School of Public Health (1995/96) he founded Development Communications (DevComs) Network, a media development organisation in science and public health journalism based in Lagos.  
He has been a consulting editor at Africa Science Technology and Innovation (AfricaSTI) News, an online science publication. Jimoh regularly volunteers for the Nigeria Academy of Science in the area of science communication.

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Lynne Smit, Senior Editor

Lynne Smit is a journalist and communicator who enjoys understanding and ‘translating’ the most complex and technical of subjects, finding the right angle for the target audience, and writing copy that people want to read. She enjoys using multimedia and social media techniques, including scripting, recording and editing podcasts. Her skills also include photography, design and layout.

Her career track record includes 30 years’ experience working as a reporter and sub editor on various publications, including newspapers in South Africa and the Financial Times in London. 

She was a mentor in the World Federation of Science Journalists’ SjCOOP programme. She is past president of the South African Science Journalists’ Association and past chair of the South African Freelancers’ Association. She is also the author of five college textbooks and the editor of The Architect and the Scaffold, a book on the teaching of evolution in South Africa.

She has worked for a number of international organisations, including the WHO as senior writer in the WHO African Region headquarters in Brazzaville, and has provided communications services to the UK’s Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, UNESCO, The EU, and international conferences mostly in the health, technology and innovation arenas.

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Mohammed Yahia, Executive Editor

We at Nature were saddened to hear of the sudden death of our former colleague, Mohammed Yahia, at the age of 41.

Mohammed joined what would become Nature Portfolio in 2010 and was the launch editor and latterly the executive editor of Nature Middle East as well as  spearheading the launch of Arabic-language editions of both Nature and Scientific American.

He played a leading part in the inception of Nature Africa and Nature Italy. He left to take up a new position as editor-in-chief of Chemical & Engineering News in August 2023. 

The science fraternity and science journalists in Africa owe him a lasting debt of gratitude for his unwavering commitment to telling the inspirational stories of science on the continent. He will be remembered as a passionate and committed journalist and an outstanding and pioneering mentor and educator, and is greatly missed.