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Title: Prof
Name: Aldin Kai Mutembei
College/School/Division: Institute of Kiswahili Studies
Role: Professor
Current Summarised CV:

Aldin Mutembei holds a chair as the Mwalimu Nyerere Professor in Kiswahili. He is an Associate Professor and the former Director of the Institute of Kiswahili Studies at the University of Dar es salaam; the former ACALAN[1] focal point in Tanzania and since 2016 the Tanzanian Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam. He teaches African Literature, Communication, Literary theories and Orature, with a particular focus on Swahili and Public Health. His published theory on literary criticism has gained a wide recognition in Colleges and Universities. He is one of the founders of East African Swahili Teachers’ Association and a Board member of the Global Association for the Promotion of Swahili ( He has taught in prestigious institutions including Princeton University and Humbodlt University. His research interests include, African languages in a Global context, and communicating health issues through literature where he has published five books. His published PhD (2001, Leiden) is on Poetry and AIDS in Tanzania ( His other academic interest includes the role of African languages in education, where he has given four keynote addresses outside Tanzania. He has travelled widely giving lectures and consultancies related to Kiswahili and African languages. He has contributed numerous book chapters and several of his articles are published in peer-reviewed journals in Kiswahili and English.




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