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CURRICULUM VITAE

Personal Information

Name: Kyallo Wadi Wamitila

Date of Birth: 13- 06-1965

Place of Birth: Machakos, Kenya

Marital Status: Married

Children: Two

Employer: University of Nairobi

Designation: Senior Lecturer

Official address: Department of Linguistics and Languages

P.O. Box 30197, Nairobi



Private Address: P.O. Box 7535-00300, Nairobi

Telephone: Mobile: 0722 —787295

E-Mail: Wamitila@hotmail.com/wadi@mail.unbi.co.ke

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND


1999 ¾ 1996 Ph. D. University of Bayreuth, Germany. Thesis Title: Archetypal Criticism of Kiswahili Poetry (with special reference to Fumo Liyongo). Overall grade: Magna cum laude. (First Class). Thesis grade: Summa cum laude

1992 ¾ 1990 M. A. University of Nairobi. Project work: Maudhui katika Ushairi wa Kahigi na Mulokozi. (Themes in Kahigi and Mulokozi’s Poetry). Overall grade: First class.

1990 ¾ 1987 B. A (Hons) University of Nairobi. Subjects: Kiswahili and Linguistics. Best overall student in the Department of Linguistics.

1985 ¾ 1984 Advanced Level of Secondary Education. Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education, Lenana School, Nairobi.

1983 ¾ 1980 Ordinary Level of Education. Kenya Certificate of Education, Machakos School, Machakos. Best overall student.

1979 ¾ 1972 Primary School Education. Certificate of Primary Education.



EXPERIENCE

To date ¾ Feb-2003 Senior Lecturer, Literary Theory and Kiswahili Literature, University of Nairobi

2003 ¾ 2000 Lecturer, Kiswahili Literature, Department of Kiswahili, CEES, U. o. N

2000 ¾ 1997 Lecturer, Kiswahili Language, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

1995 ¾ 1992 Tutorial Fellow, Kiswahili Department, College of Education and External Studies

1987 ¾ 1986 Teacher, Kiswahili, English and Literature in English, Iiuni Secondary School, Machakos.

PUBLICATIONS

A. ESSAYS/ CHAPTERS IN BOOKS/ INTRODUCTIONS


2003 Influence or Intertextuality? A Comparative Study of Kezilahabi’s Nagona and Mzingile and Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Paramo. KISWAHILI Vol 66, Journal of the Institute of Kiswahili Research Vol. 66, University of Dar es Salaam, Pg- 49- 58

2002b Place and Placelessness: The role of setting in Kiswahili Literature. In KISWAHILI Vol. 65, Journal of the Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam, pgs 97- 103

2002a ‘Introduction’ to S. A. Mohamed’s Jicho la Ndani (The inner Eye), Poetry anthology. Longhorn Publishers.

2001 Contextualisation of Politics and Politics of Contextualisation: The Case of Kiswahili novel. In: African Languages in Literature in the Political Context of the 1990s Charles Badunde (Edr.), Bayreuth African Studies. Vol. 56 pp. 135-151

2000c Umatinishaji wa historia na historia ya umatinishaji: Kaptula la Marx ya E. Kezilahabi. In MULIKA 26, Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam, Pgs. 1- 8

2000b Towards Understanding Kiswahili Proverbs: An Investigation of schemes, figurative tropes and contextual issues. PROVERBIUM International Yearbook of Proverbs. Vol. 17, 2000, University of Vermont, U.S.A pg. 409- 434.

2000a Understanding Kiswahili proverbs. In Under my Africa’s Sky History, Languages and Culture of Africa Vol. 1 (In Russian), Moscow, Muravei Publishing House, 2000, pp. 189-200

1999c Interfigural phenomena: Investigating Literary Characters and their versions in in Kiswahili literature. KISWAHILI Vol. 62, Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam

1999b What’s in a name: Towards literary Onomastics in Kiswahili Literature. SWAHILI FORUM VI, University of Cologne, Germany

1999a A Rhetorical study of Kiswahili classical poetry: The Nature and role of repetition. RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES, Spring Vol. 30/1, Indiana University Press.

1998b Unlocking Katama Mkangi’s Walenisi: A case of Parabolic narrative? KISWAHILI. Vol. 61. Journal of the Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

1998a A philosophical Labyrinth: Tracing two critical motifs in Kezilahabi’s prose works. SWAHILI FORUM V, University of Cologne, Germany.

1997a Contemptus Mundi and Carpe diem motifs in Kezilahabi’s Works. In KISWAHILI Vol. 60. Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam. Tanzania.

____ b The Kiswahili Writer and the critic: A response to Mwenda Mbatia’s polemics. In KISWAHILI Vol. 60. Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam. Tanzania.

_____ c Reading Kenyan Swahili Prose works: A terra incognita in Swahili Literature. SWAHILI FORUM IV, University of Cologne, Germany.pp. 117-126

_____ d A review of Kamusi ya Awali ya Sayansi na Tekinolojia. S. D. Irira, Dar es Salaam. Ben and Company, 1995. SWAHILI FORUM IV pp. 236-238

1992 A review essay on Broken Drum (1126pp) by D. G. Maillu, in The Kenya Bookseller. Kenya’s Education and Book Trade Forum Vol. 4, no. 1 Pg. 38-9

1991 Nagona and Mzingile: Kezilahabi’s Metaphysics. In KISWAHILI Vol. 58. Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


FORTHCOMING ESSAYS


Point of view in Kiswahili narrative fiction: Reading Shafi A. Shafi’s Vuta n’kuvute. KISWAHILI, Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam

Deconstructing Religious Poetry: Songs as a strategy of Postcolonial Discourse. In Proceedings from 75th Jubilee of Institute of Kiswahili Research, 2006. In book form



UNPUBLISHED ESSAYS


Violence and Sacrifice: Reading Z. Burhani’s Kipimo cha Mizani

Towards a stylistic study of modern Kiswahili poetry: A case of Kahigi and Mulokozi’s Poetry.

Literary dynamics: Textual and temporal ordering and their impact on Meaning in Habwe’s Maumbile si huja and Maisha Kitendawili.

Proselytizing and thematizing dystopia and utopia: Shaaban Robert’s Kusadikika and Siku ya Watenzi Wote.

The interface between the oral and the written in Kiswahili novel: A case of Nagona and Mzingile.

Isotopy in the Kiswahili short story: A Case study of E. Kezilahabi’s Wasubiri Kifo, Mayai-Waziri wa Maradhi and Cha Myonge utakitapika hadharani.

The existential pariah: (Re)Tracing existential motifs, themes and symbols in Kezilahabi’s novels.

Tracking the repetend: The nature and role of repetition in Kiswahili modern poetry

The Play and Interplay of Intertextuality: Re-examining the poetics of influence in Kiswahili literature.

B. TEXTBOOKS AND CREATIVE WRITING

I. SHORT STORIES / POEMS

2004b Nine poems (In Kiswahili) in Tamthilia ya Maisha. K. W. Wamitila (Ed) Vide~Muwa Publishers, Nairobi.

2004a 'Msamaria Mwema' and 'Kachukua Hatua Nyingine' in K. W. Wamitila (ed) Mayai Waziri wa Maradhi na Hadithi Nyingine. Focus Publications Ltd.

2000 'Mboni ya Jicho.' In Mwenda Mbatiah (Ed.) Mwendawazimu na Hadithi Nyingine. Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.

1995 'Kituko Kijijini.' A short story in WRITERS FORUM, Journal of Writers’ Association of Kenya.

II. NOVELS, PLAYS, READERS, EDITED ANTHOLOGIES AND TEXTBOOKS


2006 s Msimu wa Vipepeo. Kiswahili novel 324pgs, Vide~Muwa Publishers Ltd.

2006 r Chemchemi ya Marudio (KCSE Kiswahili) A Secondary Kiswahili revision book. Vide~Muwa Publishers, 276pgs.

2006q Hadithi za Mashairi 1(Chura na Ndovu) A Kiswahili-poetic reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006p Hadithi za Mashairi 2 (Mwanakiji na Miwani)A Kiswahili-poetic reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006oHadithi za Mashairi 3 (Kuku na Mwewe) A Kiswahili-poetic reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006n Hadithi za Mashairi 4 (Chura na Ngedere)A Kiswahili-poetic reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006m The Helicopter Rescue. A children reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006l The Mysterious Box and The Magic Spoon. A sequel to The Helicopter Rescue. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006k The Magic Spoon and The Tiny Little Book. A sequel to The Mysterious Box and The Magic Spoon. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006j Sumu ya Bafe. A Kiswahili play. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006i The Genies of the Village House. A reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006h Kelu and The Mysterious Puppy. A reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006g Mumu and The Cruel Chief. A reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006f Kesi ya Kuchekesha. A reader. Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006e Kamusi ya Ushairi. A poetic dictionary. 164pgs, Vide~Muwa Publishers.

2006d Jumba la Huzuni. A children reader 28pgs Vide~ Muwa Publishers.

2006c Yatima. An adolescence novel. 90pgs Vide~ Muwa Publishers.

2006b Msichana Mlemavu na Ndugu zake. A children reader, 26pgs. Vide~ Muwa Publishers.

2006a Kamusi ya Misemo na Nahau. 2nd Edition, 477pgs, Longhorn Publishers, 2006.

2005f Chemchemi za Kiswahili 4 Mwongozo wa Mwalimu. A Teacher’s Guide to Chemchemi za Kiswahili 4 Co- authored with M. Mvati, Longhorn Publishers.

2005e Chemchemi za Kiswahili 4. Longhorn Publishers, 260 Pgs.

2005d A Study Guide to Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Vide Muwa Publishers.

2005c Mwongozo wa Mwisho wa Kosa. A Study Guide on Z. Burhani’s novel, Mwisho wa Kosa. Vide Muwa Publishers

2005b Tamthilia ya Maisha. An Edited anthology of Swahili Poems. Vide Muwa Publishers, 1118Pgs.

2005a English- Kiswahili Assorted Dictionary. Revised Edition, Focus Publications, 414 Pgs

2004f Chemchemi za Kiswahili 3. Teachers’ Guide. Co- authored with M. N. Mvati

2004g Chemchemi za Kiswahili 3. A Kiswahili Course book for Secondary Schools for Form III. Longhorn Publishers, 346 pgs

2004f Mwongozo wa Mayai Waziri wa Maradhi na Hadithi Nyingine. A Study Guide on Mayai Waziri wa Maradhi na Hadithi Nyingine. Co- authored with T. M. Arege and D. Mwakyembe

2004e Mwongozo wa Kitumbua kimeingia Mchanga A Study guide on S. A. Mohamed’s Play Kitumbua kimeingia Mchanga. Co-authored with Evans M. Mbuthia. Longhorn Publishers, 2004

2004d Kamusi ya Tashbihi, Vitendawili, Milio, na Mishangao. Anthology of Kiswahili Riddles, Similes, Ideophones and Interjections. Longhorn Publishers, 288 pgs

2004c Musaleo! A Swahili novel 102 Vide~Muwa Publishers, 102 pgs.

2004b Kadogo na Majini ya Nyanya. A children’s reader. Kenya Literature Bureau, 24 Pgs.

2004a Mayai Waziri wa Maradhi na Hadithi Nyingine. An edited Anthology of Short Stories. Focus Publishers, 144 Pgs

2003h Chemchemi za Kiswahili 2. Mwongozo wa Mwalimu pamoja na Majibu. (Teachers’ guide) (co- authored with G. Waihiga) 175 pgs.

2003g Chemchemi za Kiswahili 2. A secondary school Kiswahili Course Book (Co- authored with G. Waihiga), 274 pgs. Longhorn Publishers.

2003f Chemchemi za Kiswahili 1. A Secondary School Kiswahili Course Book (Co-authored with G. Waihiga), 205 pgs, Longhorn Publishers, 2003

2003e Chemchemi za Kiswahili. Mwongozo wa Mwalimu pamoja na Majibu. (Teachers’ guide) (co- authored with G. Waihiga) 185 pgs

2003d Kichocheo cha Fasihi: Simulizi na andishi. An oral and written literature criticism book for schools and colleges. Focus Publications Ltd, 263 pgs.

2003c Pango (Cave) A socio-political play. Focus Publications. 87 pgs

2003b Mwongozo wa Walenisi. A Study guide on K. Mkangi’s novel Walenisi. 148 pgs. Sasasema Publications.

2003a Kamusi ya Fasihi: Istilahi na Nadharia. A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Critical Theories. Focus Publications Ltd, 392pgs, 2003

2002d Bina-Adamu! (Mankind!) A novel. Phoenix Publishers Ltd, 2002. pgs 158

2002c Zimwi la leo. A children’s reader. Sasa Sema Publications, 43 pgs.

2002b English — Kiswahili Assorted Dictionary. An advanced reader’s translation guide. Co-authored with Florence M. Kyallo. Focus Publications Ltd, 191 pgs.

2002a Uhakiki wa Fasihi: Misingi na Vipengele Vyake. A tertiary literary Criticism Textbook. Phoenix Publishers Ltd, 228pgs.

2001c Archetypal Criticism of Kiswahili Poetry. Bayreuth African Studies Vol. 57. 2001 pgs. 245

2001b Kamusi ya Methali. A Dictionary of Kiswahili Proverbs. Longhorn Publishers, Nairobi. pgs.312

2001a Mwongozo wa Kiu. A secondary school students’ guide on M. S. Mohamed’s novel Kiu. Longhorn Publishers., pgs.74

2000 Kamusi ya Misemo na Nahau. A Dictionary of Kiswahili Idiomatic Expressions. Longhorn Publishers, Nairobi. 355 pgs.

1999b Nguvu ya Sala. A Kiswahili Novel. Longhorn Publishers, Nairobi. pp. 214 Winner, Jomo Kenyatta Literature Prize, 2001. 2nd Edition, 2003, pgs. 210

1999a Wingu la Kupita. A Kiswahili Play. Nairobi: Spectrum Media. pgs. 59


FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS


Dharau ya Ini. A Kiswahili Novel, circa 330pgs, 2007 Vide~Muwa Publishers Ltd

Three poems in Diwani ya Karne- An Anthology of Kiswahili Poetry Edited Ken Walibora, Phoenix Publishers, 2006



Shingo ya Mbunge na Hadithi Nyingine. An Edited anthology of Kiswahili Short Stories, 2007.

ON-GOING RESEARCH


Kanzi ya Fasihi: Nadharia na Tahakiki. A Postgraduate Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. Includes literary essays from Swahili Scholars drawn from Kenya, Tanzania, Germany, Italy, Russia, Switzerland and America.

The Poetics of Kiswahili Poetry. A tertiary text that examines classical and modern Kiswahili Poetry.

Outline of Swahili Literature: Revised Edition. Co- authored with Prof. Said Khamis (University of Bayreuth, Gemany) Prof Elena Bertoncini (University of Napoli, Italy) and Mikhail Gromov (Moscow S. University, Russia)

Theory and Meaning in Proverbs: Towards a Comparative Paremiology.

Working on a literary essay: Thus spake Kezilahabi: Mapping Philosophy in Euphrase Kezilahabi’s Works


SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2005 Deconstructing Religious Poetry: Songs as a strategy of Postcolonial Discourse. A Paper presented at The 75th Jubilee of Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar es Salaam, 4- 7 July.

2001 Point of view in Kiswahili narrative fiction. A conference paper presented at the 13th International Swahili Colloquium at the University of Bayreuth, Germany May, 25-27

1999a Development of Theatre in Kenya 1969- 1990s. A seminar Paper, Department of African Literature, University of Bayreuth, 16th-December

1999b Writers in dialogue: Juan Rulfo and E. Kezilahabi. Department of Comparative Literature, University of Bayreuth, 17th-December

1999a Language policy in Kenya, A seminar paper, Department of Linguistics (Afrikanistik), University of Bayreuth, 21st-December.

1998a Multi-lingualism and Nation Building, A Seminar paper, Department of Linguistics, University of Bayreuth, Germany, June.

1998b Ideological Inscription and Character Encapsulation in Names: Towards Reading Kiswahili Fiction. Presented at the 11 Swahili Colloquium at University of Bayreuth, Germany. 9-10-1998.

1998c What’s in a name: Towards literary onomastics in Kiswahili literature. A seminar paper presented in the departments of Afrikanistik I &II, University of Bayreuth, 17-11-1998

1997a The role and nature of repetition in classical Swahili poetry. Presented at the 10th Swahili Colloquium at University of Bayreuth, Germany. 11 —5 —1997.

1997b Fumo Liyongo as a paradigm of individuation. A seminar paper presented in Comparative Literature department, University of Bayreuth, Germany 8 —7 —1997

1996a 'Literatur und die Gessellschaft: Ein Afrikanischer Perspektive.' A Paper presented at Goethe Institut, Freiburg, Germany. February

1996b 'Fumo Liyongo: Zur archetypishen Untersuchung.' A paper presented at Goethe Institut, Freiburg, Germany, March.

1993 Narration and characterisation in Ali Jamaadar’s Mui huwa mwema. A Paper presented to a gathering of Secondary school students and teachers, Kiamundi secondary school, Kerugoya, Kenya, October.

1992. Mbinu za Ushairi (Stylistic approach to Kiswahili Poetry). A paper presented to a gathering of secondary schools at Kiamundi secondary school, Kerugoya, Kenya, October.

1991 Ushairi wa Kahigi na Mulokozi. A seminar paper presented in the department of Linguistics and African Language, November,11, 1991

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS ATTENDED


2006 The 9th Chakita Kiswahili Conference, Hotel Kunste, Nakuru 7- 8 October.

2005 Workshop on Lexicography, Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi, October 24- 28. Sponsored by Longhorn Publishers.

2005 The 75th Anniversary of The Institute of Kiswahili Research Conference, July 4- July 7, University of Dar es Salaam

2004 Workshops on Development of Kiswahili Glossary for Microsoft (July – November )

2002 The 5th International Chakita Kiswahili Conference, Lenana House, Nairobi 3- 5 October.

2002 Workshop on ‘The Development of Kiswahili Scholarship in East Africa,’ Eland Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania, 5- 7 July.

2001 Workshop on A Comprehensive Swahili ¾English Dictionary M. A. Mohamed (Comp), Sponsored by East Africa Educational Publishers, Garden Hotel, Machakos. 27th August ¾ 2nd September.

2001 The 14th International Swahili Colloquium at University of Bayreuth, Germany, May 25 — 27.

1999 The 12th International Swahili Colloquium at University of Bayreuth, Germany, May 14-15.

1999 One day International Conference on “African Languages Literatures in the Political Context of the 1990s”, Department of African Literature, University of Bayreuth, Jan. 18.

1998 The 11th International Swahili Colloquium at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. October, 9-10.

1997 The 10th International Swahili Colloquium at the University of Bayreuth, Germany May 9-11.

1996 The 9th International Swahili Colloquium at University of Bayreuth, Germany May 4-5.


PARTICIPATION & PROJECTS


2004 Terminologist, Microsoft Swahili Language Localisation Project. Terminology development for use in Windows programmes.

2000- 1992. Participation in Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s Kiswahili Language Radio Programme, Lugha Yetu. Also featured in Radio Deutschewelle and BBC

1995- 1992. Participation in Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Mjadala. A Radio Programme on topical issues.

1994- 1993 Participation in group work (Kenya) on the Research on the revision of Kamusi ya Kiswahili Sanifu (Dictionary of Standard Kiswahili)



MEMBERSHIPS


Member, WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF KENYA

AWARDS

2006 The Wahome Mutahi Literary Award. Third Position, Pango.

2005c The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. Best Adult Kiswahili Fiction, Musaleo!

2005b The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. Third Position. Adult Kiswahili Fiction, Pango.

2005a Best Kiswahili Literary Scholar’s Award, 75th Jubilee of The Institute of Kiswahili Research, July 4- 7

2001 The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. Best Adult Fiction in Kiswahili, Nguvu ya Sala, Longhorn Publishers.

1995 DAAD Scholarship to undergo a German Language Course and for subsequent Doctoral Studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

1990 University of Nairobi Scholarship to pursue Masters of Arts in Department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Nairobi.

1985 Best Kiswahili Student, Parents’ Day Award, Lenana School, Nairobi.

1983 Best overall Student, Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE), Machakos School, Machakos.


LANGUAGES


Kamba, Kiswahili, English, German and French (functional competence)

ACADEMIC SUPERVISION


Successfully supervised

1 Ph. D


1. 3 M. As

10 B. Ed Projects


AREAS OF SPECIALISATION/ INTEREST


1. Literary Theory and Criticism

2. Kiswahili Poetry- Classical and modern

3. Comparative Literature with bias towards Epic poetry and Latin American Prose.

4. Oral Literature with special interest in Paremiology and Comparative Folklore.

5. The Development of the Swahili Novel

REFEREES


1. Prof. Mohamed H. Abdulaziz,

Department of Linguistics and Languages,

University of Nairobi,

P.O. 30197, Nairobi, Kenya.


2. Prof. Mugyabuso M. Mulokozi,

Director,

Institute of Kiswahili Research,

University of Dar es Salaam,

P. 0. Box 35110,

Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania.
3. Prof. Gudrun Miehe,

Lehrstuhl,

Afrikanistik I,

Universität Bayreuth,



D-95440,

Bayreuth, Germany.




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