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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Dr Chege Githiora


Chege Githiora
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Senior Lecturer in Swahili

Centre of African Studies

Member, Centre of African Studies

Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

Steering Committee Member for Swahili

Dr Chege Githiora
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4395
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Swahili and Gikuyu Language and Literature; Culture and Society in East Africa; Orthography and Lexicography; African Diaspora


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Available for
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Radio
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
  • Latin America
Country Expertise
  • Gikuyu
  • Spanish
  • Swahili


Authored Books

Githiora, Chege (2009) Marũa Ma Maitũ. London: JC Press.

Githiora, Chege (2008) Afro-Mexicans: Discourse of Race and Identity in the African Diaspora. Trenton, New Jersey, USA: Africa World Press.

Githiora, Chege (2002) Diccionario Swahili-Español. [Swahili-Spanish Dictionary]. El Colegio de Mexico.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Githiora, Chege, ed. (2010) Kwandĩka Gĩgĩkũyũ Wega. London: JC Press.

Githiora, Chege, ed. (2007) The Ten Shillings and Other Stories: An Anthology of Short Stories from All Over Africa. Nairobi: MacMillan Kenya.

Githoria, C and Manfredi, V and Littlefields, H, eds. (2004) Trends in African Linguistics, Volume 5. Africa World Press (USA).

Githiora, Chege, ed. Waswifu wa Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany. London: JC Press.

Book Chapters

Githiora, Chege (2008) 'Kenya: Language and the Search for a Coherent National Identity.' In: Simpson, Andrew, (ed.), Language and National Identity in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Githoria, Chege (2006) 'Countries and Languages of the World: Kenya.' In: Brown, K, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed. Elsevier, pp. 18-182.

Githoria, Chege (2005) 'Countries and Languages of the World: Kenya.' In: K.Brown, , (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed. Elsevier, pp. 80-83.

Githiora, Chege (2004) 'Gikuyu Orthography: Past and Future Horizons.' In: Githiora, C. and Littlefield, H. and Manfredi, V., (eds.), Kinyira Njira! - Step Firmly on the Pathway! Africa World Press, pp. 85-95.


Githiora, Chege (2016) 'Sheng: The Expanding Domains of an Urban Vernacular.' Journal of African Cultural Studies . (In Press)

Githiora, Chege (2012) 'Radio and Minority African Languages.' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 25 (1).

Githiora, Chege (2011) 'Afro-Mexicans: The Third Root of Mexico.' Journal of African Renaissance , 8 (2). pp. 10-24.

Githiora, Chege (2011) 'Striking back at the Empire: The Mau Mau Case in London.' Annual review, Centre of African Studies, University of London, 2 (1). pp. 2-5.

Githiora, Chege (2002) 'Sheng: Peer Language, Swahili Dialect or Emerging Creole?' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 15 (2). pp. 159-81.

Githiora, Chege (2001) 'Some Problems and Insights in the Lexicography of Two Non-Kindred Languages: Spanish and Swahili.' Èdè: Journal of African Language Learning and Teaching, 1 (1). pp. 49-71.

Conference or Workshop Items

Githiora, Chege (2013) Kukuza Fasihi ya Kiswahili Duniani kwa njia ya Tafsiri. In: Annual Conference of Chama Cha Kiswahili Cha Afrika Mashariki (CHAKAMA), Nairobi, August 21-22, 2013. (Unpublished)

Githiora, Chege (2013) The rise and rise of Sheng: language and identity in modern Kenya. In: Sheng Language in Kenya: Structure, Uses and Pedagogy, July 16, 2013, IFRA, Nairobi, Kenya. (Unpublished)

Githiora, Chege (2012) The Nairobi Process and the Context for the Foundations for the Future. In: The Nairobi Process and the Foundations for the Future , 27 Feb 2012, London. (Unpublished)

Githiora, Chege (2011) African Contributions to Regional Identities in the Americas: The case of Mexico. In: AfroXXI Conference , November 15-19, 2011, Bahia, Brazil. (Unpublished)

Githiora, Chege (2011) Issues and Challenges of Inter-African Language Translation. In: African Languages and Translation Sub-Saharan African Research Network, 11 March, 2011, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Warwick. (Unpublished)

Githiora, Chege (2010) Kiswahili ng’ambo: Mbinu za kuikuza Lugha. In: Research Institute Swahili Studies Eastern Africa International Conference, Nov 17-20, 2010, Mombasa, Kenya. (Unpublished)

Githoria, Chege (2004) Form and function in a Swahili urban dialect. In: UNSPECIFIED.

Githoria, Chege (2004) Creative writing in African languages: Production Mediation, Reception. In: UNSPECIFIED.


Githoria, Chege and J., Christopher (2002) 'Pimsleur Language Program: Swahili.' Simon & Schuster Audio (USA). pp. 1-21.

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