‘Siku Njema’ author Ken Walibora dead after he was knocked down by matatu


'Siku Njema' author Ken Walibora dead after he was knocked down by matatu
Prominent Kiswahili author and journalist Ken Walibora. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • The literary veteran has reportedly been missing since Friday when he is alleged to have been knocked down by a matatu while crossing the road in the Nairobi CBD.

Prominent Kiswahili author and former journalist Ken Walibora is dead at the age of 56.

His body was on Wednesday found at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) mortuary.

The literary veteran has reportedly been missing since Friday when he is alleged to have been knocked down by a matatu while crossing the road in the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Walibora, who is popularly known for his debut novel Siku Njema, was until January 2017 the Kiswahili quality manager at the Nation Media Group.

The PhD in Comparative Studies holder also previously served as an assistant professor in African languages at the University of Wisconsin in the United States and a lecturer at the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Riara University.

His popular works include Ndoto ya Amerka (2003), Kisasi Hapana (2009), and Nasikia Sauti ya Mama (2015); all of which won the Jomo Kenyatta Literary Prize.

He is also known for the Kidagaa Kimemwozea which was used as a set book in high school.

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