Associate Proffessor
Department: of Literature
School of Humanities & Social Sciences,
P.O.Box 43844, GPO, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel. +254 0(20) 8710901-19
P.O. Box 34382, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 0151-55080 or 0733-734375

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Ongoing Research and Writing:

  1. I have collected more than 100 Kenyan folktales and I am currently working on the material to publish a book entitled, “Popular Kenyan Folktales”.
  2. I am in the process of writing an undergraduate text book entitled “The Hidden Meaning in Traditional Oral Narratives: Theory and Interpretation.”


  1. Forthcoming : “Courage, Heroism and Determination:  Voices from those who fought in the Mau Mau Liberation Struggle.”  A paper to be published in a book, Mau Mau Legacy in Kenya, which is financed by the Ford Foundation.
  2. “Images of Women in Kenya Oral Narratives” in Fabula: Journal of Folklore Studies, Summer 2002. The  original version of this paper was first presented to the International  Society of Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) Congress in Nairobi, July 2000.
  3. Co-author (with Austin Bukenya) of two books: Oral Literature:  A SeniorCourse (Longhorn, Nairobi, 1997) and Oral Literature:  A Junior Course (Longhorn, Nairobi, 1996).
  4. Author:  “Polygamy: Its Social and Economic Impact on the Family in Kenya”in Wanjiku M. Kabira Contesting Social Death:  Essays on Gender and Culture (Views Media, Nairobi:  1997) pp.  208-219.   The original version of this essay was first presented to a Kenya Oral Literature Conference in Nairobi in 1993 before its subsequent publication.
  5. “Human Rights in Kenya: an Academic Experience” in The Independent Review: A Journal of East African Literary and Cultural Studies 2: 1997: 262-265.
  6. “Growing Cultural Heritage: New Oral Material from Gikuyu Traditions.” Rev. of Kabira’s Gikuyu Oral Literature, Weekly Review 15 September 1989: PP. 39-40.
  7. “Sensitive Issues in New Play”, rev. of  F. Imbuga’s  Aminata, Weekly Review 10 June, 1988: PP. 55-56.

Conferences Presentations

  1. November 1987: “The Gikuyu Folk Story: Its Structure and Aesthetics”, Ph.D Dissertation (Emory University, 1987).
  2. May 1986: The Place of Oral Literature in the teaching of English Language in Secondary Schools in Kenya” in Proceedings: Conference on Teaching English in East Africa (The British Council, Nairobi, 1986).
  3. June 1980: Presented a paper :Literary and Theological Renaissance in Black America:  A Study of Martin Luther King and Margaret Walker”,  to the Southern Conference of Black Arts and Literature, Emory University, U.S.A.
  4. September, 1979: Presented a paper “Alternative Strategies for intra-societal conflict:  Violence Versus Non-Violence:  A study of Martin Luther King and Malcom X,” to the Southern Sociological Society, Georgia State University, U.S.A.
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