Prof. Geoffrey Kitula King’ei
Department of Kiswahili And African Languages,
He attended local primary schools before joining Mutonguni Secondary School where he sat the Cambridge School Certificate in 1973 and thereafter, Alliance High School, Kikuyu for the Advanced Level Certificate. He graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Education (Honors) in Linguistics, Kiswahili and Literature in 1979. In 1983, he was awarded the MA degree in Kiswahili Studies from the same University and after a short stint of High School teaching, joined the Department of Linguistics and Languages at Kenyatta University as a Tutorial Level.
In 1989, he was admitted in the Doctoral Programme at the highly prestigious Historically Black School Howard University, Washington DC, USA where his Thesis on Language and Culture Aspects of the Swahili Taarab Songs was accepted in 1992. On returning back to Kenyatta University, Professor King’ei has risen through the ranks to become a Full Professor of Kiswahili Literary studies and Sociolinguistics in 2002. He has held various senior administrative positions in the University including that of Chairman of Department, Director and Founding Dean of the Graduate School. Currently, he is the founding Director of the Institutional Based Programmes.
Professor King’ei is widely published in the area of Kiswahili Linguistics and Literature with several books, articles works in translation to his credit. His main areas of interest in research include, Oral and creative literary studies, Criticism and translation.
A recipient of various national and international awards and recognitions, Prof. King’ei also serves as a language consultant for many institutions locally, regionally and internationally.