Ken Walibora is popularly known for his impressive catalogue of Swahili books that showcased his creative and literary prowess. The renowned Swahili Author was confirmed dead yesterday after succumbing from injuries he got after being knocked by a matatu along
Landhies Road on Friday last week.
Walibora was famed for books such as Kidagaa Kimemwozea, Naisikia Sauti Ya Mama, Siku Njema and Ndoto Ya Amerika. His impressive catalogue boasted of having over 40 books. The repertoire of this author speaks for itself as he has held respectable positions in his career. He has also worked as a Swahili news anchor at Nation Media and even headed its Kiswahili Team. He has also served as an assistant professor for African languages at the University of Wisconsin in the USA.
The deceased author was also a PHD holder of Comparative Cultural Studies from Ohio State University in the USA. He also worked as a senior lecturer at Riara University.
Ken Walibora’s contribution to the development of Swahili language in Kenya can’t be overlooked. He played a major role in translating Google and Microsoft websites user instructions details from English to Kiswahili. The Siku Njema Author will be remembered for his contribution to the development of the Swahili language in schools through his books Siku Njema, Kidagaa Kimemwozea and Ndoto Ya Amerika which were used in Kenyan schools to teach Swahili language.
While police are trying to find the driver of the matatu that knocked him, Kenyans to took to social media to eulogize him as a Swahili literature icon whose impact will not be forgotten:
What was your favorite book by Ken Walibora? Tell us how you remember him.
Rest in peace Ken Walibora.