Zur Person

Professional Career

Current Position: Senior Researcher (Postdoc), Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University – Mainz, Germany, since 1.8.2021 to date.

Senior Lecturer, Literature: School of Arts and Social Sciences, Maasai Mara University, February 2015 to date.

Lecturer, Literature: School of Arts and Social Sciences, Maasai Mara University, July 2011 to February, 2015.

Assistant Lecturer, Literature: School of Education and Social Sciences, Maasai Mara University, October, 2009 – July, 2011.

Affiliations: Research Associate at the School of Literature, Language and Media, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1st, July 2020 to 30th June, 2023.

Adjunct Work

Kabianga University and Kisii University 2014-2015 (Postgraduate): Courses taught in the broad area of theory and Criticism, Literary Movements, popular culture and research methods.

Moi University, 2004 – 2008 (Undergraduate): Courses taught in the broad area of theory and Criticism, East African Literature, popular culture and oral literature.



2007 - 2011 Moi University Department of Literature, Theatre and Film & Department of Ethnography and African Studies, University of Mainz, Germany Institute of African Studies – PhD. Specialization: Oral Performance, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies.
PhD Thesis Title: Kenyan Live Radio Soccer Commentary as Oral Performance
1999 – 2003 Moi University - M.Phil (Literature):  Research Area: East African Drama.
M.Phil Thesis Title: Gender Relations in the Plays of John Ruganda
1994 – 1998 Moi University – Bed (Arts) 2nd Class Hons, Upper Division, Specialization: English and Literature

Scholarship Awards and Fellowships (Individual)

  • Alexander Von Humboldt Postdoctoral Return Scholarship Award, 2018-2019
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Scholarship Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, 2015-2017
  • DAAD Scholarship Award, PhD: Sandwich Option 2010/2011.
  • Laureate, Codesria Gender and Sport Institute, 5/06 2010 – 23/06/2010, Dakar, Senegal.
  • SEPHIS Fellowship Award as International Delegate in the 2010 Cultural Studies Workshop on The Sacred in Contemporary Culture, 30/1/2010 – 4/2/2010, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.

Grants/Awards in Collaborative Projects

  • Sulzmann Fellowship at African Institute at University of Mainz, June – July 2020 (Pending)
  • Africa Oxford (AfOx) Collaborative Travel Grant, 2018-19
  • Codesria Comparative Research Network Group Grant, March, 2011 –Dec. 2011. Topic: “Football Fandom as Popular Art: A Multidisciplinary Approach”
  • “Impact assessment on Nollywood production, distribution and reception as a result of the extension of satellite channels to African countries”, Multichoice Africa Funded Project, November 2011 – July 2012.

Membership in Academic Groups and Associations

  • African Studies Association, Africa Chapter
  • African, German Network of Excellence in Science, AGNES
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Fellows Alumnus, Kenyan Chapter
  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies, SCMS.
  • Leisure, Society Association, LSA
  •  Alumnus, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Programme),
  • CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa).
  • Kenya Oral Literature Association (KOLA)
  • Kenya Non-Fiction Writers Association (KENFWA)