Prof. Levi Obonyo


Qualifications Doctor of Philosophy
Title Dean
Office School of Language, Communication & Performing Arts
Ext/Phone 266
Duration 26 years at Daystar University



  • Levi Obonyo is an Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies.
  • Currently he is the Dean of the School of Communication, Language and Preforming Arts.
  • A former journalist, Prof Obonyo has been involved in media policy formulation as a former Chairman of the Media Council of Kenya and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Communication Authority of Kenya.
  • Prof Obonyo is a newspaper columnist and a regular commentator on media issues.



  • In 2005: Prof Obonyo holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania;
  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Wheaton Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois;
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education from Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, Potchefstroom, Republic of South Africa;
  • PhD in Communication and Media Studies from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Selected Published Works

  • Obonyo, L. & Erneo Nyakundi. (2011). Journalists and the rule of law. Nairobi: ICJ


Book Chapters

  1. Play Theory and Public Media: A Case Study in Kenya Editorial Cartoons, in Fortner, R. S. and Fackler, M. The Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory, NY: Wiley-Blackwell, April 2014, pp.726-740.
  2. Media and Post Election Violence in Kenya, in Fortner, R. S. and Fackler, M. The handbook of global communication and media ethics. NY: Wiley-Blackwell, April 2011.
  3. Thinking scholarship: A reflection on faith and integration. In Kuria, Mike (ed.). Integrating Faith and Learning: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Nairobi: Daystar University, 2007: pp: 92-99.
  4. Journalism and communication education in Africa. In Chitty, Naren (ed.). Faces of globalization, Varnasi, India: Genga Kaveri Publishing House, 2003.
  5. Kenya. In World press encyclopaedia: A survey of press systems worldwide Vol.1 (2nd Ed.). Detroit: Gale: 2003: pp. 529-539.
  6. Philosophy education in varsity curriculum: The Case of Daystar University. In B.J. van der Walt & Rita Swanepoel (Eds.), Signposts Vol. 1. Potchefstroom: IRS, 1998.


Journal Articles

  1. Talking Health: HIV/Aids in Kenyan “toons”. In African Communication Research, September 2011: 4(2): 343-368.
  2. Towards a theory of communication for Africa: The challenges of emerging democracies. In Communicatio. 2011: 37(1): 1-20.
  3. Cartooning in Kenya: Past, present, and future. In International Journal of Comic Art. Spring 2004. 6(1): 96 – 116.
  4. Rethinking news values. In Instituut vir Reformatoriese Studie Potchefstroom: PU for CHE, 1996.
  5. Universities in Africa: The need for change” with Munyaradzi, M. & Iornengen, K. In Didakticom, 1995.



Research Interest

  • Media History
  • Media Theories
  • Visual Communication


Additional Information

  • He is a member of several associations active in discourse and research in the field of communication.