President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the family of
celebrated Kenyan Kiswahili scholar, author and journalist Prof Ken Walibora.
The President described the late Walibora as a polished
broadcaster and prolific writer whose literary works will continue to inspire
The author is famous for the Swahili novel, Siku Njema, which was published in 1996 and saw him become an instant household name in Kiswahili literature.
He was employed at the Nation Media Group as a Kiswahili
news anchor after which he joined the University of Wisconsin, USA, as an
assistant professor, African languages.
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Later, in recognition of his contribution to the
development of Kiswahili, The Aga Khan appointed him as the Nation Media Group
Head of Kiswahili, a position he served until he joined Riara
University's School of Diplomacy.
In an interview with Daily Nation in 2015, Walibora credited
his creativity to his mother in his autobiography, Nasikia Sauti ya
Mama, a detail that would make him one of the most famous Kenyan authors in
Those who worked with him described him as a humble editor
who would correct them politely.
Renowned Kiswahili anchor Ali Mtenzi eulogized Walibora as a
dedicated colleague who loved his work and did it to perfection.
Jamila Mohamed also shared similar sentiments saying despite
Walibora’s prowess in media, he was always willing to learn even from his
Reports indicate that Walibora was knocked down by a matatu
on Friday along Landhies Road.