Name: Larry Ndivo

Sex: Male

Nationality: Kenyan

Contact Address:

PO. BOX 136 – 90100, Machakos County, Kenya, EA.




Social Media – Twitter: @LarryNdivo


Languages Spoken:

English: Competent in spoken and written

Kiswahili: Competent in spoken and written

Kikamba: Competent in spoken and written


University Education:

PhD (Literature): University of Nairobi, 2013

Master of Arts (Literature): University of Nairobi, 2005

Bachelor of Arts (Literature, Linguistics & Kiswahili – 1st Class Honours): University of Nairobi, 2001


Postdoctoral Studies:

Research in Trauma, Forgiveness & Reconciliation: The University of Free State (UFS) – Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2014-2015


Professional Certification

Certificate in Strengthening Doctoral Supervision Course: Rhodes University, South Africa, 2015

Certificate (with Distinction) Public Relations: University of Nairobi, 2000


Short Courses Taken

Foundations of Directing (Drama): Daystar University, 2011


Papers Published in Peer-Refereed Journals

Larry Ndivo (2016):  The Illusion of Truth in Three Kenyan Crime Novels, Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies Vol. 2, Iss. 1-2, 2016  


Larry Ndivo (2015): The confession of a criminal woman: An interrogation of Saga McOdongo’s Deadly Money Maker, Agenda: Empowering women for gender equity Volume 29, 2015 – Issue 4: Women and imprisonment in Africa: reflections from the past and future

Mike Kuria and Larry Ndivo (2008): “The Da Vinci Code: Navigating Literary Texts from a Christian Perspective” Perspectives, an academic journal publication of Daystar University


Published Books:

Larry Ndivo & Miriam Musonye (editors). Heart to Heart: Reflective Poetry from Kenya: 2012

Larry Ndivo Aesthetics & Textual Cohesion: Organic Unity in Alex La Guma’s Time of the Butcherbird: 2012

Selected poems published in Mwangaza a collection of poems and short stories published by the Department of Literature University of Nairobi, 2001/2002


Electronic Publications:


Conference Presentations


April 2014, “Unmasking the Multi-faceted Identity of a Kenyan Criminal: John Kiriamiti’s

Trilogy” at Wits (Johannesburg) during the 40th Annual Conference of the African

Literature Association: Texts, Modes and Repertoires of Living in and Beyond the Shadows

of Apartheid


October 2013, “Disenfranchised Patriarchal Myths and Shifting Gender Roles in Ng’ang’a

Mbugua’s Texts” at The 3rd East African Communication Association (EACA) Conference

Silver Springs Nairobi


September 2013, “The Vulgarities of Language and Cultural Aestheticism” presented at East

Africa at 50: A Celebration of Histories and Futures Conference University of Nairobi


November 2012, Stealth and Wealth: Story-telling Techniques in Kenyan Criminal Narratives

(East African KOLA Conference)


January 2007, “Youth in Transition or Crisis: An Analysis of Issues of Identity amongst Kenyan

Urban Youth” presented at the Sasakawa Fellows Workshop, University of Nairobi.


November 2006, “Violence and Double Consciousness in African Literature” with Prof. Evan

Mwangi and presented at the Black Symposium Conference on Literature, Moi University.



Membership to Scientific Societies:

Member of Kenya Oral Literature Association (KOLA)


Past Employment Responsibilities

Lecturer, Daystar University: 2005-2015

Responsibilities: Lecturing, MA supervision, oral literature fieldwork, drama and theatre performances, timetable coordinator, development of programmes (MA and undergraduate) etc.

Adjunct Lecturer at University of Nairobi, Marist International College and St Pauls University


Public Service & Volunteer Work

A member of the panellist appointed for “Assessment of Creative Play-Writing Competition on EAC Integration Ideals: July-September 2017 Kampala, Uganda” organised by The Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA).

A member of the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature Judges’ Panel, 2017

A member of the Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize for Literature Judges’ Panel, 2016

Participant of DAAD-Kenya Office review panel for scholarship applications and interview sessions since 2016  to the present

Member and Chairman: Executive Board of Indigenous Peoples Foundation – Kenya: 2013 – to date  

Member and Chairman: Board of Management (BOM) Iluvya Secondary School 2015 – to date  

Published Research Findings: THE WAATA DIALECT: A grammatical sketch, vocabulary and brief cultural overview, October 2015 (through the Indigenous Peoples Foundation (IPF) as a lead researcher)

Written various book reviews and short perspectives mainly on Kenyan literature for public consumption on my blog:

Juror for the assessment of film scripts submitted for the Global Dialogues Competition – Hivos International (Kenya): 2013/2014

Trainer: (Effective Writing & Communication Tools for employees of Export Processing Zone Athi River (EPZA) through Mount Kenya University) – 2013

Adjudicator for GATE: G-Pange Annual Talent Explosion (USAID funded project on HIV/AIDS): 2012/2013

Training, facilitation and dissemination of educational materials on Inclusive Quality Basic Education in Tharaka district for Girl Child Network (GCN): 2011

Transcription & documentation of international conference proceedings for Life & Peace Institute: 2010

Programme Officer (Volunteer), Hindu Council of Kenya (charitable organisation) – 2000-2002


Professional Consultancy:


Edited for IntraHealth Gender Policy Guidelines for Nairobi County, August 2016

Editor for manuscript: The Ridges across River Kaiti by Wambua wa Kawive, One Planet Publishers, Kenya, 2015

Editor for Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board (MCPB) and Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) Curriculum Guidelines and other training quality control documents through IntraHealth under the USAID/FUNZOKenya funded programme, 2014-2016. Examples of edited documents include: National Guidelines for Inspection and Accreditation of Medical/Dental Schools and Teaching Hospitals in Kenya, NCK Continuing Professional Development Guidelines, and Kenya Registered Nursing and Midwifery [KRN/M] Core Curriculum Guidelines amongst others.

Editor for memoir: America Here I come: A Somali Refugee’s Quest for Hope by Hamse Warfa published by Sunshine Publishers, America, 2014

Consulting Editor and Columnist: Pregnant Magazine at Integral Media, Nairobi – 2008

Member of a team of editors for the Academic Journal of Daystar University Perspectives – 2008

Literary Critic/Assessor of novels entered for Common Wealth Prize for Literature – 2003



Rapporteur for EAFF “SFOAP Livestock Value Chain KM Workshop Thursday 29th June to Saturday 1st July 2017”, Hill Park Hotel, Nairobi; Kenya by East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF)

Rapporteured with Prof Kuria for DAAD’s Workshop: “Quality doctoral education – a prerequisite for strong universities in Africa”, September 26th -28th, 2016 at Sarova Panafric hotel in Nairobi.

Rapporteur for EAFF “The Regional Meeting on Climate Change, Monday 26th – Tuesday 27th October 2015” at Qaribu Hotel, Kenya by East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF)

Rapporteur for EAFF “Developing a Strategy for the EAC Livestock Policy, 10th – 20th August 2015” at Hilton Hotel, Kenya by East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF)

Rapporteur for EAFF on “The Official Launch of the Directory on Cross Border Value Chains Actors and Regional Dialogue on Enhancing Participation of Smallholder Farmers in Regional Trade 21st – 22nd January 2015, SG Adventures and Resort, Arusha, Tanzania

Rapporteur for Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) workshop on “Farmers’ Integration into Regional Markets through Structured Trade” (Farm-trade Project funded by USAID): Nairobi, 2013

Rapporteur for APSEA meetings and deliberations on proposed bills on devolution, natural resources, governance, vetting of public officers amongst others for consideration for debate by Kenyan Parliamentarians: 2012/2013

Rapporteur for International Centre for Transitional Justice – Kenya, ICTJ’s 2nd Media Consultative Forum on Reporting Transitional Justice Processes in Kenya Held at the Travellers Beach Hotel, Mombasa – 2010



Translated poetry pieces for Hivos International (Kenya Office) from Kiswahili to English, 2013/2014 during the Global Dialogues Competition



Machakos University Research Grant – Awarded as part of a team comprising Dr Geoffrey Maroko (Principal Investigator) and Dr Sophia Njeru as researcher for “The Impact of Research Infrastructure on the Quality of Research in Selected Kenyan Universities” project 2017-2018

National Geographic – The Genographic Project: Genographic Legacy Fund (GLF) to conduct research on Munyoyaya Language and Culture Documentation 2016/2017 (Indigenous Peoples Foundation – IPF)

Foundation for Endangered Languages FEL Grant – Research grant to conduct fieldwork and document basic grammar and simple expressions of the endangered Waata Language, Malindi, Kenya: 2015 (Indigenous Peoples Foundation – IPF)

Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant to conduct research in the Department of Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation at University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, September 2014

African Literature Association ALA Travel Award to attend the African Literature Association Annual Conference at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa from 9th – 13th April 2014 

Daystar Research Grant to conduct research on Kenyan crime writers, 2012/2013

Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye Award of Literature, 2003/2004 academic year. Awarded to the best MA Literature student at the University of Nairobi, Kenya: 2007

University of Nairobi Scholarship to pursue MA in Literature 2002-2004