The journalist, who worked for decades with the Nation Media Group, was knocked down by a matatu on Landhies Road in downtown Nairobi.
Some of his most famous books include Siku Njema, which was published in 1996 and used as a secondary school set book in Kenyan schools, Ndoto ya Amerika, Kidagaaa Kimemuozea and Naskia Sauti ya Mama, a memoir of his childhood.
A teacher by profession, Walibora served as a Swahili High School teacher between 1985 and 1986.
He also worked as a probation officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs between 1988 and 1996.
Later he joined Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) as a Swahili radio news anchor, news editor and translator.
He held a PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies from Ohio State University in the US.
He served as an assistant professor in African Languages at the University of Wisconsin before taking up the position of Kiswahili quality manager at Nation Media Group until January 2017.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the family of celebrated Kiswahili scholar Prof Ken Walibora, who passed on Friday.
President Kenyatta described the late Walibora as a polished broadcaster and prolific writer whose literary works will continue to inspire future generations.
President Kenyatta has condoled with the family of celebrated Kenyan Kiswahili scholar, author & journalist Prof Ken Walibora. The President described the late Walibora as a polished broadcaster and prolific writer whose literary works will continue to inspire future generations.
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) April 15, 2020
Source: Nairobi News