The Department of Kiswahili was re-launched at the University of Nairobi in the year 2013 after being hosted in the Department of Linguistics & Languages for sometime. Prior to this re-launch, Kiswahili was taught from the early seventies within the now defunct Department of Linguistics and African Languages.The status of Kiswahili in Kenya in the 70s was that it was only a National Language. This meant, the principle objective of teaching Kiswahili was to develop students who can master not just its grammar but also its literature as well. Currently, Kiswahili is by law both a National and Official language in Kenya. The Department trains students at undergraduate and post graduate levels. The Department also boasts of graduating students at PhD level. This Department serves as a catalyst for the training of the same disciplines in related departments in the country. Over the years Kiswahili at the University of Nairobi has been developing in terms of training researchers, teachers and lecturers. Further, the Department has grown to become a centre of Fiction and Academic writing. It is a Department that boasts of renown writers of Kiswahili poetry, Kiswahili novel and Kiswahili drama in the East African Region.
Prof.John Habwe at an East African Community conference.In the group photo is the Principal Secretary for East Afircan Community Affairs Beatty Maina
Prof.Rayya Timammy attended a workshop at Kenya institute of Curriculum Development from 21st to 22nd June 2016, the theme of the workshop was “Kiswahili Curriculum at East African Universities”
The workshop was sponsored by the East African Kiswahili Commission and DAAD.
M.A Student from Department of Kiswahili giving a presentation at the Kenya institute of Curriculum Development (KICD)
A member of staff from the department of Kiswahili is given an invitation to Hankkuk University to teach literature, language and culture.
Dr. Tom Olahi has been teaching in Korea,Hankkuk from 2014-2016. He will be replaced y Dr.Michira Nyachae how will be there from 2016-2018.
The Department of Kiswahili is one of the units involved in the collaboration with The University of Nairobi has with Humboldt University in Germany.
Areas of collaboration include:
Joint research activity
The department of Kiswahili recently held an MA defense session for its postgraduate students. Among the panelist were Prof Kithakwa wa Mberia and Dr.Prisca Jerono.
Ukumbi wa Iwalewahaus, Chuo Kikuu cha Bayreuth. Ujerumani.
Kutoka kulia ni Dkt.Iribe Mwangi, Hezekiel Gikambi, Abdillatif Abdalla, Mohammed Khelef Ghassany
Dr.Mwangi Iribe attended a Conference in Bayreuth Germany from 6th to 8th May on Kiswahili Studies