Reuben Kigame

Born on March 13, 1966 in Bunyore, Vihiga District, Reuben became blind at the age of three years. He attended Kibos Primary School for the Blind and the Salvation Army High School for the Blind before joining Kenyatta University in 1987 and from where he graduated with a B.Ed degree specializing in History, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Reuben then taught at Maryhill Girls High School for four years before resigning in 1994 to establish and head a Christian Apologetics organization called Word of Truth Ministries, a group that defends and explains the Christian faith to its critics and opponents. The ministry has recently been folded into a small research, writing and mentoring group and is now known as the Reuben Kigame Centre for Christian Apologetics.

Reuben holds debates, lectures and open forums in the area of Christian Apologetics in Kenya and other countries of the world.

Between 1996 and 1998, Reuben studied Christian Apologetics at the Institute of Christian Apologetics under the auspices of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with an Msc in Journalism and Media Studies from the School of Information Science, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. Reuben is about to complete an M.A. in Apologetics at the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has recently been admitted for a Ph.D in World Christianity at Africa International University, Nairobi.

Reuben has spoken at conferences, workshops, etc in universities, seminaries and churches in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Germany, Switzerland, England and the U.S.A. He has been a great mentor to many Christians and spoken to thousands of High School students across Kenya as well.

Another vibrant area of involvement for Reuben is music. He has sang with various artists and mentored several of them both locally and internationally. Since College days when he sang on and traveled with Kenya Youth for Christ teams, his passion for integrating music and evangelism has continued to grow. Reuben and his friends featured prominently on the KBC television show called “Sing and Shine” and its twin, “Joy Bringers” in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In recent years, Reuben has concentrated his efforts on writing and producing worship music for the African Church and assisting young, upcoming artists to write and record Bible-based songs. He has also recorded 24 Gospel albums and is well known both in Kenya and beyond. His Country music has not just been well-received outside Kenya but has put Kenya on the Country Music map overseas. His worship songs are used regularly by various Christian denominations in East and Central Africa. He and his team have even sang to a number of senators in the State of Maine in the U.S.A. Reuben had a chance to briefly bring a special greeting from Africa. In 2002 Reuben presented his music to a meeting in Northern Germany where the Mayor of the city personally acknowledged how stunning a performance that was! He has also been invited to sing at national days by presidents Moi, Kibaki and Kenyatta.

Reuben was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior state commendation in 2010 by President Mwai Kibaki for his contribution to music and media in Kenya.

When Reuben is not doing Christian Apologetics, he is involved with his family or in music production or teaching on worship. He has met, spoken to and encouraged numerous Kenyan students overseas, especially those in the U.S.A and is known in several Christian homes and churches across Germany, Switzerland, Norway and the U.K.  for his testimony and music ministry.

Reuben’s popular songs include Enda Nasi, Ombi Langu, Sweet Bunyore, Mshukuruni Bwana, Minibus Ride,Daddy Came Home Last Night, never Alone, Bwana Ni Mchungaji Wangu, Heri Siku Moja, Tutaonana Tena, Blessed is the Man, Sina Mungu Mwingine, Njoo Sasa, Hakuna Kama Yesu, Itakufaidi Nini, Usifadhaike, Liberation, Huniachi, Kwa Neema, Seek First the Kingdom of God, Mulekhe Inzaka (in his native Luyia language), Eldoret, Simple Man, Goodbye Mercy, vita Vizuri, etc.

Reuben has also translated several songs from English to Kiswahili including the great hymns “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”, Amazing Grace, Andre Crouch’s “Jesus Is The Answer” and the famous Hill Song hit, “Shout To The Lord” which was adopted as Hillsong’s official Kiswahili translation of the song by Hillsong. He has also translated Matt Redman’s song, “Ten Thousand Reasons” into Kiswahili. Other unrecorded translations include “Draw Me Close to You”, “Open the Eyes of My Heart” and “Though We are Many”, among others.

In the area of Christian Apologetics, Reuben has earned both admirers and haters. With his “no nonsense” stand on truth, Reuben has rubbed even some church leaders the wrong way. He refused to have “Prosperity preaching” on his station and in the year 2000 he lost favour with the majority of denominations in Kenya when he openly opposed the doctrine of Televangelist Benny Hinn who was visiting Kenya and rallying the entire Church to a huge rally at the University of Nairobi. He has also angered many followers of those who sell merchandise in the name of God, pupporting that these artifacts were anointed. He has written numerous articles in defense of Christianity in social media and debated atheists, agnostics and people of various religious traditions.

Reuben has published several articles in journals and contributed book chapters in several fields including media, religion and apologetics. He published the first Apologetics book from an African perspective called Christian Apologetics Through African Eyes. There is also a biographical book on Reuben compiled and edited by Jayne Yobera. It is titled Reuben Kigame: The Raw Reflections.

Reuben’s life summary would not be complete without mentioning that he was quite vocal in sensitizing the nation on the flaws of the current Constitution before its ratification in 2010. He was renowned for championing the Church’s position which insisted that the changes should be made or else the Church would have no choice but to vote “no” to the draft. He was involved in local community and national debates including the last major media debate in which he and Mr. Koigi Wamwere debated against the proponents of the Constitution, Martha Karua and Prof Anyang Nyong’o. In the 2013 General Elections, Reuben run for Governor in Vihiga County and came 4th out of 7 candidates. He confesses that he could not believe it himself, because everyone in the race was bribing voters.

Lastly, we must mention that Reuben Kigame is a well-known man in the area of radio broadcasting. He has earned himself a name as a radio talk show host and presenter having served at Radio Citizen, Sayare Radio, Family FM and Hope FM. He has served briefly on BHB 90.9 and surprised many by ably presenting a show on Kameme FM. He has also been a guest on several radio and TV stations in Kenya and overseas, mostly providing information on how to deal with cults and other false religious sects and how to help those involved in them to quit. From 2006 to 2015, Reuben run a popular FM radio station from Eldoret called Fish FM on which he mostly did the Breakfast Show and a Country music show called Country Mile. The two programmes earned Reuben a big name in radio. Reuben shut down the station in November, 2015, in order to concentrate on his family, research, writing, music and Apologetics ministry.

Reuben has been married twice. He lost his first wife,  Mercy, on September 5, 2006 in a cruel road accident. Together with Mercy they had three daughters: Shalom, Shekinah and Shema. He is currently married to Julie with whom they have a son, Yeshua.

He and his family reside in Eldoret situated on the Western Highlands of Kenya, where Reuben relocated to in 2004.