April 15, 2020.
By ONESMUS MUTISO
Kidagaa Kimemwozea’s writer has been confirmed dead after his body was found at Kenyatta National Hospital Mortuary on Wednesday 15th, April.
Ken Walibora Waliaula 56, was rushed to the facility after he was hit by a speeding bus on Friday 10th April along Landhies Road, Nairobi were he succumbed to injuries he got from the accident .
President Uhuru Kenyatta is among those who have condoled with the family of the former Journalist, kiswahili scholar and Author.
The president described the late Walibora as a polished broadcaster and prolific writer whose literary works will continue to inspire future generations.
Ken Walibora Waliaula was born on January 6, 1964, in Baraki, Bungoma County . His family moved to Kitale and later Cherangany in Trans Nzoia County that impacted in shaping up the idea for his book Siku Njema.
Though his childhood ambition was to become a police officer, he ended up policing the quality of language and his larger than life profile is also the voice of one of the “little people” broadcasting news to the rest of the world through radio sets to the awe of little boys in villages far and wide.
The scholar has written over 40 novels and short stories .
Among the famous titles he will be remembered with are Ndoto ya America, Mbaya wetu, Siku Njema. (a secondary school set book between 1997 and 2003) and Kidagaa Kimemwozea that was used as a compulsory novel in secondary schools in 2013.
Other notable books by the former lecturer are Kufa Kuzikana, Tuzo, Ndoto ya Almasi and Mkoba Changaraweni and Damu Nyeusi Anthology of short stories Co-edited with Said A. Ahmed.
He once worked as a Lecturer in the United States of America and served as a swahili teacher between 1985 and 1986 and later as a probation officer in the ministry of home affairs between 1988 and 1996.
He joined Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) the same year as a Swahili radio news anchor, news editor and translator where he later left and joined Nation TV as a news anchor and worked there for six years.
The Author graduated from the University of Ohio state as a Teaching Associate in 2005 getting himself as an Associate professor in the department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, on August 24, 2009.
He has also published a number book of chapters and articles in academic journals including PMLA, Research in African Literatures (RAL), and Journal of the Association of African Literature (JALA), East African Literary and Cultural Studies, and Journal of African Language Teachers Association (JALTA).
Before his demise he was teaching at the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Riara University, Nairobi
Those who worked with him attributed him to be a comic person who always wanted the best in his work.
Professor Ken Walibora Waliaula will be remembered for his tireless efforts in making kiswahili a National language and mentoring upcoming literature authors in their work. May his soul rest in eternal peace .