Riana was born in 1972 in Pretoria, South Africa. Her family consisted of a Mom, a Dad, four brothers and a sister. Through the years the family has grown with wifes, husbands and children. She also has a couple of much-loved people who became the chosen family.
She blogs in Afrikaans about family, religion and roots with the pet name her mom used to call her:
During later years, she developed a very international circle of friends and an English-speaking friend started calling her Ri. This stuck and became an apt name for the traveller and world citizen.
She also, sometimes, write through the eyes of her travel companion, Fears Not, the Hippo.