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The Ken Walibora Centre

1st April 2021

The Ken Walibora Centre (KWC) was founded in May 2019 by the late Professor Ken Walibora Waliaula, a world reknowned fictional and non fictional writer, media personality, motivational speaker and professor of Literature and Cultural studies, he was the Director of Global Language Centre and Instructor of International Relations at Riara University, Nairobi, Kenya.
Initially the Ken Walibora Centre Library was established to allow students with childhood academic challenges to participate in learning, and become men and women of substance in the society.

The Ken Walibora Centre Library operates under two educational objectives;

  1. To combat illiteracy and promote leisure reading as the key to unlocking a child’s full potential. Delivery of fictional and non fictional books is done to students from Grade1 up to high school level.
  2. Public speaking and mentorship forums designed to apprehend – the missing link between literacy skills and personal expression and articulation of opinions in all contexts of life. Reading and writing public forums promote an encouraging attitude towards lifelong reading and learning oratory skills.

Subscription
To become a member of the centre, a parent/guardian subscribes with Kshs 2400 per child per annum allowing their child to access a maximum of 24 Kiswahili and 24 English story books with different titles from different authors and genres. That is at least four books on a monthly basis.
The books may be dropped at or picked from designated places country wide.

Subscription is done via Lipa na MPESA via Paybill Business number 607761. Account Number:
Name of Student/Grade/County Code
For more information please contact The Ken Walibora Centre as follows;
Website: https://kenwaliboracentre.com/
Physical address: The Ken Walibora Centre
Hill Crest Court, Near Sanlam Towers Waiyaki Way
Telephone No:+254 20 2020669
+254 20 2020667
+254 722 140345
Email address: info@kenwaliboracentre.com
Website: www.kenwaliboracentre.com

Our personal experience with my son The Champ
A few months ago, one of my colleagues at my day gig asked if I would be interested to join a Book Club of sorts for the sake of my son, this request could not have been made at a better time. After probing for more information he told me about The Ken Walibora Centre that provides story books and novels to school going children at an annual subscription fee paid by the parent or the guardian of the child.
He then introduced me to one of the centre’s volunteers Robert Hussein who facilitated the payment of annual subscription fee for my son to access the books. Each month since then, my son has received four books to read; two in English and two in Kiswahili. We then return them back and get a new set of four books with each new month. Sometimes we may read the book together or at times I may leave him to read the book alone.
Over time, I hope to inculcate the culture of reading to my son. This culture has brought a lot of joy and knowledge to My Life.
Kudos and well done to The Ken Walibora Centre! What a legacy that the great writer has left behind.

© Kwambie Nyambane,
March 2021.

Post Script Tribute:
Ken Walibora was the last student in his class in Standard 2 when it came to academic achievement. This performance was a great disappointment to his mother Ruth. Determined for a turnaround in her son’s performance she encouraged him to read more books. Over time this instilled in him a love for reading and writing, over time transforming his academic exploits. Ken Walibora went on to become one of the best known professors in Literature and Cultural Studies in Africa.
On 10 th April 2020, a fatal road accident brought to an end his physical presence in this world, but his legacy lives on to all the students he taught and mentored and lives that he keeps on touching through The Ken Walibora Centre which he founded. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Source: Pamphlet from the Ken Walibora Centre.