Ken Walibora: How Kenya’s ‘king’ of Swahili writing inspired me
The Kenyan author Ken Walibora who was buried last week left behind a generation of fans who read his books in Swahili classes, including the BBC’s Basillioh Mutahi, who pays tribute to him here.
Prof Walibora was renowned for promoting Swahili, the national language he used in writing his books.
In 2018 he expressed concern that some schools in Kenya had notices reading: “This is an English-speaking zone”.
He asked the ministry of education why it would allow students to be barred from speaking in Swahili, when it was a national language.
The author said this was a sign of brainwashing and neo-colonialism. You would not find another country that would choose a foreign language over the language of its people, he said.READ MORE