Very popular Swahili author and senior journalist Ken Walibora has passed on. According to some sources, Walibora was hit by a matatu along Landhies road in Nairobi Kenya. He is well known because of his critically acclaimed Swahili novels Siku Njema and Kidagaaa Kimemwozea.
Ken Walibora will, however, be remembered for his Epic Swahili novel Siku Njema. He is among the prolific writers of our current time. His works cut across the main four genres of Literature, for example, the shorty, the novel, the play, and the verse. Ken Walibora preferred writing his works in Swahili according to his Linkedin profile, however, he also wrote some English versions.
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“Kiswahili is my language of choice in writing creative works, although some of my critical and academic engagements are necessarily in English. If I had all the time in the world, I would be writing and reading Great Books only, of which the Bible is foremost,” Ken Walibora said on his profile.
Ken Walibora was born in Bungoma County, however, his family later shifted to Kitale and lived next to Cherangany. Therefore, this is the main reason why most of his works talk about this particular region. Ken Walibora’s father was a school teacher. He loved Kiswahili so much thus inspiring his son to start writing his works in Swahili. Therefore this sparked a beautiful smile on Ken Walibora’s father.
Who is Ken Walibora?
Ken Waliaula is a Kenyan Legendary award-winning writer. Ken was born on the 6th of January, 1965 in Barakai in Bungoma county at his parents’ home. He discovered he was also called Kennedy and George at the age of six. However, he then shortened his name from Kennedy to Ken. In addition, saying the Kennedy family was well known in the United States. Ken Walibora was the last born in his family. Ken’s mother, Ruth Nasambu Makali, unfortunately, died in 1984, at the age of 51. Meanwhile, Ken was 20 years old at that time.
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