The sudden Demise of renown author and NTV journalist Professor Ken Walibora has left many Kenyans saddened and shocked. Reliable sources have revealed that Walibora died on Friday, April 10, after being involved in a tragic road accident on Landhies Road, Nairobi. His body was found at Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary after a search by family members and relatives.
Walibora was a vocal advocate for the use of Kiswahili as the language of the masses. His debut into being an author was ushered in by his first book Siku Njema, which received immediate acclaim after its release in 1996. A year later, it was selected as a set book for secondary school.
Ndoto Ya Amerika, Kidagaa Kimemwozea, Matahiki Meya, Naskia Sauti Ya Mama, are among the famous books that he penned under his name when he was still alive. Before is demise Walibora served as an assistant professor in African Languages at the University of Wisconsin before taking up the position of Kiswahili quality manager at Nation Media Group until January 2017. He was well learned and held a PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies from Ohio State University in the US.
President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his message of condolence to his family describing the late Walibora as a polished broadcaster and prolific writer whose literary works will continue to inspire future generations.
“My condolences go out to the family of Kiswahili Author and distinguished Journalist Professor Ken Walibora. He penned great literary works that will remain etched in the memories of many. May the Lord grant his family comfort at this trying moment and may his Soul Rest In Peace,” wrote ODM Leader Raila Odinga.