Uhuru describes Ken Walibora as a polished broadcaster, prolific writer

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the family ofcelebrated Kenyan Kiswahili scholar, author and journalist Prof Ken Walibora.

The President described the late Walibora as a polishedbroadcaster and prolific writer whose literary works will continue to inspirefuture generations.

The author is famous for the Swahili novel, Siku Njema,which was published in 1996 and saw him become an instant household name inKiswahili literature.


He was employed at the Nation Media Group as a Kiswahilinews anchor after which he joined the University of Wisconsin, USA, as anassistant professor, African languages.

Later, in recognition of his contribution to thedevelopment of Kiswahili, The Aga Khan appointed him as the Nation Media GroupHead of Kiswahili, a position he served until he joined RiaraUniversity's School of Diplomacy.

In an interview with Daily Nation in 2015, Walibora creditedhis creativity to his mother in his autobiography, Nasikia Sauti yaMama, a detail that would make him one of the most famous Kenyan authors inlater years.

Those who worked with him described him as a humble editorwho would correct them politely.

Renowned Kiswahili anchor Ali Mtenzi eulogized Walibora as adedicated colleague who loved his work and did it to perfection.

Jamila Mohamed also shared similar sentiments saying despiteWalibora’s prowess in media, he was always willing to learn even from hisjuniors.

Reports indicate that Walibora was knocked down by a matatuon Friday along Landhies Road.

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