Title/Qualifications: PhD
Associate Professor
Department: English & Linguistics
Contact Address: P.O Box 43844-00100 NAIROBI
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Research Interests:
Multilingualism and Social Stratification of Language; Variation in Language; Urban youth codes, Pidgins and Creoles; Spanish language and Afro-Latin American Culture and Society; Structure of Bantu Languages with focus on Gĩkũyũ and Kiswahili; Lexicography and Translation; Linguistic Research methods and Discourse Analysis.  

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Invited speaker at ‘Academic writing workshop’ organised by African Studies Association (ASA-UK), held at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, 16-18 Spetmber, 2013.
  • Invited Participant at Stakeholders’ Workshop on the Draft Policy of the Languages of Kenya, organized by the Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture, May 22-23, 2013, KIE, Nairobi, and March 24th, 2014.
  • Invited Speaker, ‘Sheng and Media Workshop,’ Kenya Cultural Centre, Organized by Twaweza Communications, July10, 2013.
  • Invited Speaker to conference on, ‘Sheng Language in Kenya: Structure, Uses and Pedagogy,’  Workshop, IFRA, Nairobi, July 16th, 2013. Paper presented: ‘The rise and rise of Sheng: language and idenity in modern Kenya.’
  • Speaker, UNESCO’s World Radio Day, ‘Radio and Minority African Languages’, SOAS, 13 Feb, 2012. Published as: ‘Interview with Chege Githiora, Journal of African Cultural Studies, 25:1, 137-138. Link to this article:
  • Panelist, Workshop/Report Launch, ‘The Nairobi Process and the Context for the Foundations for the Future,’ The British Academy, London, 27 February, 2012.
  • ‘Uchapishaji katika lahaja: Waswifu wa Shaaban bin Robert.’ CHAKITA Conference, July 2012, KUCC, Kenyatta University.
  • ‘African Contributions to Regional Identities in the Americas: The case of Mexico’, at AfroXXI Conference (UNESCO, SEGUIB), Bahia, Brazil. November 15-19, 2011.
  • ‘Kukuza Fasihi ya Kiswahili Duniani kwa njia ya Tafsiri (‘Developing Swahili literature through translation). Chama Cha Kiswahili Cha Afrika Mashariki (CHAKAMA), Nairobi, August 21-22, 2011.



  • Afro-Mexicans: Discourse of Race and Identity in the African Diaspora, 258 pp +xvii, 2008. Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 1-59221-647-1
  • Diccionario Swahili-Español, 190pp+iv, 2002. El Colegio de Mexico, Centro de  Estudios de Asia y Africa. Mexico. ISBN: 968-12-1075.
  • Kwandĩka Gĩgĩkũyũ Wega (Othongirabĩ), 2010. JC Press London. ISBN 978-0-9543960-2-2.  (A guide for Gĩkũyũ orthography).
  • Seven Lives, 2012. JC Press London. ISBN 978-0-9543960-8-4 (Collection of short stories).

Book Chapters

  • “Kenya: Language and the Search for a Coherent National Identity” in Language and Nationalism in Africa, (pp. 235-251), 2008. Oxford University Press, A. Simpson (ed.). ISBN: 978-0-19-928674-4
  • ‘Gĩkũyũ Orthography: Past and Future Perspectives’, pp. 21-45. in Trends in African Linguistics Vol. 6. 2003. Africa World Press, Trenton NJ. ISBN 1-59221-201-8
  • Countries and Languages of the World: Kenya,’ in Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition. 2006. Keith Brown (ed).
  • Countries and Languages of the World: Gĩkũyũ’, in Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition. 2006. Keith Brown (ed).
  • “Shaaban Bin Robert y el Mensaje de la Poesía Swahili.” In Africa Inventando el Futuro, 1992. Centro de Estudios de Asia y Africa, El Colegio de México, Celma Agüero Doná (ed), Mexico.

Journal Articles

  • ‘An African in Afro-Mexico’ in Kwani? Journal of Literature, Special Issue on Diaspora, December 2012, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN: 978-9966-1598-23
  •  ‘Histories of the Survivors: The Mau Mau case in London,’ SOAS Centre for African Studies Newsletter, Vol. 2 No. 1, May-June 2011.
  •  ‘Afro-Mexicans: The Third Root of Mexico,’ in Journal of African Renaissance Vol 8. No. 2 (July 2011). ISSN: 1744-2532, London, UK
  • Editorial, Special Issue, Journal of African Cultural Studies (JACS). Vol 20. No. 1, 2008.  University of London (SOAS)
  •  “Swahili at SOAS.” in SOAS: A Celebration in Many Voices, 2007. Third Milleneum Publishing, London. Catrine Clay (ed).
  •  ‘Some Problems and Insights in the Lexicography of Two Non-Kindred Languages: Spanish and Swahili’, 2002. in  Journal of African Language Learning and Teaching (JALTA) Vol 1. No.1. pp.49-73.
  • ‘Sheng: Peer Language, Swahili Dialect or Emerging Creole?’ 2002. in Journal of African Cultural Studies (JACS), University of London (SOAS), Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 159-183. ISSN: 1369-681
  • ‘Afro Mexican names: A Trail of History and Kinship’, in Conexoes, African Diaspora Research Project Newsletter, Vol 6, No. 2., Nov. 1994, Michigan State University.
  • ‘The Afro-Mexicans: An ignored and unknown people,’ Center for Afro-American and African Studies (CAAS) Newsletter Vol.VI No.2, 1990, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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