An association that started over a cup of Tea

The history of EAITA began on 15th September 2015 at a very little known restaurant in Nairobi where a group of 10 passionate translators sat together to seek for ways to make the translation profession more professional. The founding members who sat and talked about establishing a translators’ association over a cup of tea are: Alfred Mtawali, Salome Nduku, Juma Sanna, Nicolas Nahimana, Nuhu Bakari, Sarah Wachilonga, Michael Odhiambo, Boniface Kyalo, Mstahifu Mabruki and Fredrick Otiato. After much deliberations, the name East Africa Interpreters and Translators Association (EAITA) was born. The registration process commenced and in June 2016, the association was duly registered by the government of Kenya.


our Leadership

EIATA is governed by a democratically elected management team


Kevin Juma

Juma is a freelance English/Swahili linguist with over 5 years’ experience in Translation and Localization. He holds a BA Kiswahili (Translation) from Moi University. Juma believes that working as a freelance translator requires constant learning, career development and self-cultivation as this profession is rapidly developing.

Rahma A Nsekela

Passionate translator with 10+ years’ experience in Swahili & English translations. She is now the Senior Translator at Azam TV, where she translates and reviews highly visible content, and trains and mentors the translation team.

Rachael Ndichu

Chair, Technology Committee
A trained Swahili translator/interpreter with 14+ years of experience in translation and conference interpretation. Currently working as the Language Manager, Africa at Google. She is dedicated to driving digital access through language.

Lilliane Atieno Oloo

Lilliane holds a Master’s Degree in Conference Interpreting awarded jointly by University of Buea, Cameroon and Pan African University (African Union). She is a freelance language professional, a scholar of Translation studies and a trainer of Student translators.

Fredrick Otiato

Fredrick has over 13 years’ experience of both freelance and in-house translating and localizing high level projects that require a great deal of responsibility.

Vincent Magugu

Chairperson Education and Accreditation Committee
Dr. Vincent Magugu is a Lecturer at Moi University, Eldoret Kenya. He holds a BA Kiswahili, MA Kiswahili (Translation) and a PhD in Kiswahili (Translation) from Moi University. He has been a Professional Translator working in English<>Swahili<>Gikuyu for the last 12 years. Some of his notable translation roles is the Translation of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly of Kenya into Kiswahili. Vincent is the Chairperson of the EAITA-Training and Accreditation Committee. He is also the current Chairperson of the International Federation of Translators (FIT) Africa Regional Center. You can reach him via: Email: njeruwamagugu@gmail.com LinkedIn: Vincent Magugu

Nuhu Bakari

Chairperson Ethics Committee
Mr. Nuhu Bakari is a native Kiswahili expert specialized in translation, interpretation and lexicography. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) inKiswahili & Communication and Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Translation, both from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
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