Official address: Department of Linguistics and Languages
P.O. Box 30197, Nairobi
Private Address: P.O. Box 7535-00300, Nairobi
Telephone: Mobile: 0722 —787295
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
Member, WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF KENYA
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.
Kamba, Kiswahili, English, German and French (functional competence)
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.