Ken Walibora is the director of the Global Studies and Languages Centre at the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Riara University.
Author of the critically acclaimed Swahili novel Siku Njema, Walibora obtained his PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies at The Ohio State University, in the United States. His research interests include translation, globalization, world literature, and African continental and diasporic cultures and literatures, with a focus on Anglophone and Swahiliphone fiction and nonfiction.
He is a prolific Kiswahili fiction writer and poet with a literary oeuvre exceeding fifty titles and has won several awards.
His literary works including Siku Njema and Kufa Kuzikana have been or are being translated into English, French, Spanish and Arabic. His recent scholarly works include the book Narrating Prison Experience: Human Rights, Self, Society and Political Incarceration in Africa (2014).
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).
In addition, Ken Walibora has a wealth of journalistic experience as TV and radio news editor and anchor as well as columnist.