Mr Zakayo Amayi
Message from the Chairman
The Department of English, Literature, Journalism and Mass Communication at Kibabii University is situated in the main Academic Block.
The department of English, Literature, Journalism and Mass Communication offers the following programmes: Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bachelor of Education in English and Literature, and, MA in Comparative Literature. .
Believing that ELJMC is at the core of interpretation and dissemination of information and agent in the socialisation, humanisation and harmonisation of the populace, we train people in all areas of english, literature and media studies. Our training enables students to fit and work in both local and international environments.
The Department of English, Literature, Journalism and Mass Communication provides a welcoming and friendly environment for all students. Post-graduate students and staff share their work-in-progress in the monthly departmental seminars. Our department seeks to establish a vibrant English, Literature and Media Students Association (ELMSA) that will be committed to bringing all students together and organizing events such as seminars and poetry nights.
In responding to the needs to provide our students with an environment that helps them to have a global sense of citizenship, the department is looking into ways of partnering with both local and international organizations which will in short run accord students and staff an opportunity of taking part in exchange programmes.
The department hosts some young and vibrant scholars. We have a committed team of senior lecturers, lecturers and tutorial fellows. Areas of specialisation include, but are not limited to:
- Communication Skills
- Literary Theory and Criticism
- Comparative Global Literatures
- Creative Writing
- Broadcast Media
- Print and New Media
- Corporate Communication
Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication – This programme is designed to train students in all aspects of the mass media including: broadcast, print media, corporate communications and new media.
Bachelor of Education (English and Literature) – The department offers courses in English and Literature in the service of Bachelor of Education.
For all undergraduate programmes it is mandatory for students to pass both coursework (class attendance, continuous assessment tests and research paper) and the end of semester examinations.
MA in Comparative Literature – This is a flexible programme which is offered on full time basis and entails coursework, examination, research and thesis.
ELJMC Department is flexible and services undergraduate students in the regular programme and the school based programme.
Mode of Delivery
The lecture method is supplemented by tutorial presentations, term papers and other written assignments. Audio and video presentations, supervised original writing and theatre workshops are employed where applicable. Active interaction between student, lecturer and text is encouraged at all times.
This is the department of choice for those interested in establishing themselves as linguists, literary critics, creative writers, communication and media practitioners. Indeed service industries such as teaching, publishing, print and electronic media are well served by English, literature and journalism graduates. Furthermore, training in English, literature and media studies enhances competence in professions that deal with interpersonal communication such as Human Resource Management, Corporate Affairs and Public Relations. Indeed a course in ELJMC sharpens communication skills in all spheres of life.
Members of Teaching Staff
The department comprises of a self-driven team whose members are:
- Dr. Ben Nyongesa
- Dr. Joseph Juma Musungu
- Dr. Felix Ayioka Orina
- Mr. Zakayo I. Amayi
- Mr. Kennedy Simiyu Njasi
- Ms. Christine Namayi
- Ms. Irene Simiyu
- Mr. Makarios Wakoko
Our External Examiner is Dr. Busolo Wegesa, who is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature, Theatre and Film Studies at Moi University
The 4th Edition of the Kibabii University Career and Cultural week, saw the invitation of Guest speakers by the Department of Academic advisory and Career. One of the high profile speaker’s to be invited was the Nation Media Group (NMG), General Manager Broadcast, Mr. Linus KaiKai.
Mr KaiKai, who was invited on the second day of the event, gave a powerful speech based on career choice, hard work and sacrifice as the fundamental pillars behind any successful career. He also cited the importance of passion, creativity and determination as essential tools for any job seeker in Kenya.
The managing director also agreed to be the mentor of the Kibabii University Journalism Club, as per earlier requested by the Club’s chairperson. He also promised to work with the University administration and the Journalism department to ensure that journalism students are well trained and prepared for the competitive career ahead of them.
In the honour of African Culture, that a visitor should not leave empty handed, the journalism club members who were highly elated on the unique exposure presented a gift in form a Club T-shirt to the GM.
The event was also coloured by entertainment from the University choir, poems and spoken word from students of the invited High schools and a news presentation from the Kibabii University (KIBU) Journalism Club.
The GM was invited to shed light on the need for students to embrace the book reading culture over social media. The Nation Media group was expected to mentor department of Journalism and Mass Communication to enable the University develop requisite competencies in the media industry. Appreciation of diversity in culture was also emphasized. There’s hope to see greater partnership between KIBU and NMG.
BY JUMA WAKESHO.