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Prof. Zachary Njogu Waita,PhD

Prof. Zachary Njogu Waita,PhD

Professor of Literature

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Humanities,






Chuka University: Full Professor, December, 2019
Chuka University: Associate Professor, August, 2014 – 2019
Chuka University: Senior Lecturer, March, 2008 to August, 2014
Egerton University: Senior Lecturer, March 2005 to February 2008.
Egerton University: Lecturer, Dec. 1990 to March 2005.
Moi University: Tutorial Fellow/Lecturer, August, 1988-1990.
University of Nairobi: Graduate Assistant, 1983-1985.
Ag. Deputy Vice- Chancellor, (AFPD) Chuka University June, 2018 – date
Director, Board of Undergraduate Studies and Field Attachments, Chuka University 2011 – date
Chairman, Department of Arts and Humanities, Chuka University College 2009- 2011
Ag. Chairman of Department, Department of Literature Egerton University, 1992- 1993
Journalist, Reporter, Producer, Editor: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. 1982 – 1988. Freelancing: Nation and Standard Newspapers.
Commission for University Education: Peer Reviewer

1. External Examiner: Moi University, Kenya, 2006 to 2011; Karatina University, Kenya, 2011 to 2017; University of Kabianga, Kenya, 2015 to date; Laikipia University, Kenya. 2017 to date
2. Chair, Kirinyaga County Education Board, 2013 – date
3. Member, Governing Council, Tes College (2009 – date
4. Member, Governing Council, St. Andrews Theological and Development College (ACK Kabare, 2016- date
5. Founder and Board Member, Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development. 1996 – date
6. Member, Board of Governors, Kerugoya Girls High School, Kirinyaga County 2009 to 2015
7. Founder and Member of Board of Governors, St. Francis, Waigiri High School, Kirinyaga, 2009 to 2015
8. Chairman, Board of Governors, St. James Kiaritha Secondary School, Kirinyaga County, 2012 to date
9. Board Member, Kirinyaga Central, District Education Board. 2009 – 2014

1. Writers Association of Kenya, (Member)
2. International Society for Oral Literature in Africa, (Member)
3. Kenya Oral Literature Association, (Member)

1. PhD (African Literature). University of Cape Town, 2004. Focused on literary communication in Kenya.
2. MA (Literature). University of Nairobi, 1988. Studied: Literature via coursework, examination and thesis.
3. Postgraduate Diploma (Journalism and Mass Communication). Awarded by University of Nairobi, 1987.
4. BA (Literature, Sociology, Government). University of Nairobi, 1981.

1. Chuka University Postgraduate students research funds award for PhD Project, ‘Reading the Romance Motif in Narrative Construction of Selected Kikuyu Popular Songs’, by Kangangi Wanja Eunice. 2019
2. Chuka University Postgraduate students research funds award for MA Project, ‘Form and Content in Modern Marebeta Performances in Gichugu Constituency, Kirinyaga County’ by Caroline Gachoki. 2019.
3. Trainer for the Collaborative Center for Gender and Development (CCGD), P.O. Box 4869 Nairobi
4. Specialist cultural trainer for Elderhostel Groups (Canada and USA) Egerton University, Agricultural Resources Centre, P. O. Box 536, Njoro, Kenya.
5. IDRC/CCGD Project on Supporting Business Opportunities for Rural Women in East and Southern Africa: The Case for Zimbabwe, Kenya Uganda 2017.
7. IDRC/CCGD research project on ‘Reducing the Vulnerability to Sexual and
8. Lead Consultant; Curriculum Development for the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, P.O. Box 4869, Nairobi, 2008
9. Lead trainer, ‘Social-Cultural and Gender Issues’, for PLAN International- Kenya, Eastern, Community Training in the Management, Operation and Maintenance of Boreholes in Mbeere District. 2000
10. Lead Consultant in the development of a gender analysis tool kit for the Forum of African Women Educationalists, P. O. Box 53168, Nairobi. 1999.
11. Consultant- Gender and development training for women political leaders. (Various political parties). 1998
12. Principal researcher/consultant for the JICA study team on Community Based Small Holder Irrigation Development Project for the promotion of horticultural production on the foothills of Mt. Kenya. 1997
13. Consultant/trainer for the UNICEF project, Education for Girls and Education for All. 1997/1998
14. Consultant- Engendering Ms Kenya (Danish Volunteer Organization) Projects. 1997/1998.
15. Team leader-Ford Foundation/KOLA project on Oral Testimonies and National Development, Nyeri District, 1997
16. I.E.C. Specialist, Catholic Diocese of Nakuru/ Ministry of Health, HIV/AIDS training and sensitization project, 1996.
17. Researcher, NORAD/KOLA project: ‘Gender Conflicts in Inheritance and Control of Resources.’ 1994/95.
18. University of Nairobi Postgraduate Scholarship Award- 1983
19. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Journalism Scholarship Award-1986
20. University of Cape Town International Postgraduate Scholarship Award- 2001
21. University of Cape Town Travel Bursary Award- 2002
22. University of Cape Town Lestrade Award in African Languages- 2003

1. Njogu Waita. ‘Fieldwork and the Student of Literature.’ In Masheti Masinjila and Okoth Okombo. (Eds.). 1994. Teaching of Oral Literature in Schools, Nairobi, KOLA Publications.Pp.81-90.
2. Njogu Waita. Understanding Oral Narratives. 1995. Education Materials Center, Njoro, Egerton University Press.
3. Njogu Waita. ‘Creative Use of Language in Oral Literature.’ In K.E. Senanu and Drid Williams. (Eds.). 1995. Creative Use of Language in Kenya, Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta Foundation. Pp. 115- 127.
4. Njogu Waita. ‘Gender and Oral Art Forms.’ In Wanjiku Kabira (Eds.). 1996. Contesting Social Death: Essays of Gender and Culture. Nairobi, KOLA Publications. Pp.1-28.
5. Contributor, Wanjiku Kabira and Masheti Masijila. 1997, A B C of Gender Analysis. Nairobi, FAWE Publication.
6. Njogu Waita. ‘Social Mythology and Constitution Making’ in Wanjiku Kabira and Peter Wasamba (Eds.). 2001. Negotiating Co-existence and Governance Structures. Nairobi, CCGD Publication Pp. 69- 74.
7. Njogu Waita. ‘Kenya: A Welcome Addition to the Epic Genre’, Book Review in the Daily Nation, 14th Nov. 2004.
8. Njogu Waita. ‘Innovations and Change: Gender Patterns in Gikuyu Oral literature’, in Anne-Marie Dauphin-Tinturier and Jean Derive (Eds.). 2005 Paris, Oralite Africaine et Creation, Paris, Editions Karthala. Pp.1243- 1282
9. Njogu Waita. ‘Interrogating the Postmodern Condition: The Case of Oral Literature and HIV/AIDS’, in Egerton Journal, Vol. viii, 2009.pp. 44-73
10. Wanjiku M. Kabira & Njogu Waita.* I Reclaim My Dreams (with Wanjiku Kabira) 2010, Nairobi, University of Nairobi Press
11. Ireri, Humphrey Kirimi, Muringi Peter Kinyua, Waita Njogu*. ‘Misrepresentations in English-Kimuthambi Dialect’ in English Linguistic Research, Vol 1, no. 2, 2012.Pp 88- 101.
12. Njogu Waita. ‘Representations of Kenyan History in Oral Literature: 1948-2002.’ In: International Journal of English Language and Literature. Vol 4 (5), pp. 187-202, July 2013.
13. Njogu Waita. ‘Identity Gender and Politics in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow’, in International Journal on Studies in English Language and Literature, Vol. 1 No.2, 2013. Pp. 45-50.
14. Jackson Gikunda Njogu, Zachary Njogu Waita,* Ann Kinya ‘Autobiographical Perspectives of Exile in East African Drama: An Analysis of Three Plays by John Ruganda’ in. International Journal of Arts and Commerce Vol. 2. No. 10, November 2013. .Pp. 31 – 44.
15. Njogu Waita. ‘Orality and the Written Word in the Age of Globalization: The Case of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Kikuyu Novels’, in, International Journal on Studies in English Language and Literature, Vol. 2, (11) Nov., 2014 Pp. 82- 90.
16. Elizabeth Wanjiru, Colomba Muriungi, & Zachary Waita* ‘Resistance and Subversion of Traditional Social Construction of Gender in Kikuyu Narratives, Song and Proverbs’ in, American International Journal of Contemporary Research, Vol. 5 No. 3, June 2015 Pp.55- 62.
17. Elizabeth Kagwanja, Colomba Muriungi & Zachary Waita*. ‘Innovation and Change in the Social Construction of Gender as Depicted in Gikuyu Songs’ In International Journal of Education and Human Development, Vol. 1 No. 2: 12-22, 2015.
18. Humphrey Kirimi Ireri, Peter Muriungi Zachary Waita*Colomba Muringi.’Strategies used for Persuasion in Kimuthambui. Journal of Literature, Languages and Linguistics. 15: 65-80; 2015
19. Humphrey Kirimi Ireri and Peter Muriungi Zachary Waita*, Colomba Kaburi Muriungi. Speech Act Features of imuthambi Utterances used for Persuasion’, in International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, Vol.III No. VII, Sept. 2015.
20. Allan Mugambi & Njogu Waita.*‘The Power of Technique and Device in African Narrative Performance: A Case of Kikuyu Community in Kenya with special Reference to Wanjira Wa Rukenya, A Renowned Artist in the International Journal of Current Research. 2016, Vol. 08 (7), July 2016.
21. Humphrey Kirimi, Peter Muriungi Zachary Waita* and Colomba Muriungi. ‘Strategies Used for Emphasis in Kimuthambi’ in Advances in Social Sciences Research, Vol.3 (7) 118 -132, September 2016.
22. Edward Okana, Ngugi King’aara & Zachary Waita* ‘Influence of Online Journalism Platforms on News Access and Choice in Selected Kenyan Universities’, in European Journal of Business and Social Sciences, Vol 6, No. 03, June 2017, p. 47-63.
24. Allan Njoki and Ngugi Kingaara & Zachary Njogu Waita*. ‘Types of Sex Programmes Aired on Vernacular Radio Stations’, in Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 22(7): 64 -69, July 2017.
23. Stephen Okari and Colomba Muriungi & Zachary Njogu Waita* ‘Linearity and Cyclic Conception of Time in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood and Wizard of the Crow. Vol. 5. No. 4. 2017. P. 77-82.
24. Murimi Kireamagwa, Zachary N. Waita* Colomba Muriungi Figures of Speech and Pan Africanism in Bob Marley’s Political Songs’, in International Journal of Innovative Research and Knowledge. Vol 3(6), June 2018.
25. Njogu Waita ‘Freudian Psychoanalysis and the African Folktale’, in International Journal on Studies in English language and Literature, Vol 7, Issue 1, January 2019, pp. 23-29.
26. Njogu Waita. 2019. ‘Gender Power Contestations: Man the Ogre, the Weaker Sex; Images of Men in Kikuyu Oral Literature’ in International Journal on Studies in English and Literature, 7(4):29-35
27. Henry Nabea Nkoru, Zachary Njogu Waita,* Dickson K. Nkomge, Ngugi King’ara, ‘Uses and Gratification of Commercial Websites advertising in Kenya’ in IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 24 Issue 3, March 2019 (pp 59-76)
28. Kangangi Wanja Eunice, Zackary Njogu Waita* ‘The Role of Cultural Evolution in the Construction of Modern Gikuyu Romance: An Analyses of Selected Gikuyu Popular songs in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, Vol 7, Issue 9, Sept. 2019
29. Njogu Waita. 2019. Literary Communication: Oral Literature, Change and Innovations in Kenya, Kairos Book Publishers/Amazon Books.

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