Veteran novelist Ken Walibora passes on


Veteran Swahili novelist and former journalist at NTV Ken Walibora is dead. He was aged 56.

On Wednesday the 15th of April, his body was found at the Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary.

His family had reported him missing since Friday. Reports indicate that a matatu knocked Ken down at Landhis while crossing the busy road in the Nairobi Business District (CBD).

The police have not yet recovered his car. According to the authorities, the late Ken Walibora had his car keys in his pocket. They found him unconscious and rushed him to the Kenyatta National Hospital.

However, the police arrested the driver who knocked him down. They took him in and recorded a statement.

Books he wrote

Ken Walibora is popularly known for his celebrated Kiswahili novels Kidagaa Kimemwozea and Siku Njema. Both books were once set books in secondary schools.

Some of his novels that won the Jommo Kenyatta Literary Prize are Ndoto ya America (2003), Kisasi Hapana (2009) and Naskia Sauti ya Mama (2015).

Dr Ken was a Kiswahili journalist at NTV. He was also Nation Media Group’s Kiswahili quality managed up until 2017.

The renown journalist was also a lecturer at Riara University. Early in his career, Dr Walibora worked as a high school language teacher. He then went on to be a probation officer. Later on, Ken joined the broadcasting media industry as a news editor, newscaster, translator and a football commentator.

At the time of his death, he was a PhD holder in Comparative Cultural Studies with an emphasis on world literature.


Ken Walibora led a private life with most of his close friends not knowing of private life. However, after his death, his family members came out to mourn him.

They disclosed his nuclear family lives in the USA while he lived alone in his Lavington home.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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