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Renown Author Ken Walibora is Dead

by Musa Abdirahman

Renowned author, Ken Walibora has died.

The author allegedly went missing since Friday last week, and his family and friends have been looking for him.

He is said to have been hit by a matatu along Ladhies road in nairobi, on Friday.

His remains have been traced to a local morgue, with reports indicating that he was hit by a Double M matatu while crossing Landhies road.

Ken is fondly remembered for his Epic Swahili novel Siku Njema.

He is regarded as one of the most prolific writers of our time with works cutting across the four main genres of literature—the novel, the short story, the play and the verse.

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Ndoto ya America, Kidagaaa Kimemuozea and Naskia Sauti ya Mama are some of his widely accepted works.

Of course, he also wrote in English but according to his LinkedIn Profile, he preferred communicating in Swahili.

Walibora was born in Bungoma County, the family later moved to Kitale and settled in the nearby Cherangany. This explains why most of his stories are set up in the region.

His father was a school headteacher who loved Kiswahili and this inspired the young Ken Waliaula.

However, he says that he got most lessons from his mother.

Growing up, Ken was never an A student but the encouragement from his mother encouraged him to pursue greatness.

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Ken has been a senior lecturer at Riara University since 2018. He also headed the Kiswahili Department at Nation Media Group.

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Elias Makokha April 15, 2020 - 07:35

May his soul rest in peace

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