Kenyan Author Binyavanga Wainaina Dies At 48


Wainaina tested generalizations of Africa with gnawing parody and took on preference by reporting his life as a transparently gay man.

The founder of the literary magazine Kwani, had previously suffered a stroke in 2015.

He was a prolific author who won the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story “Discovering Home” in 2002.

The writer, writer and campaigner, who also championed African literature through the Kwani Trust he established with different authors, passed away in Nairobi on Tuesday, the association’s executive.

Wainaina’s 2005 paper “How to Write About Africa”, was an indicated and comical exercise would-be columnists and students of history. Its aggregation of the preposterous, yet very normal, buzzwords was a call for more nuanced depictions.

“Among your characters you should dependably incorporate The Starving African, who meanders the refugee camp almost bare, and sits tight for the generosity of the West,” Wainaina wrote in ironical guidelines hoping for scholars.

“Her kids have flies on their eyelids and pot tummies, and her bosoms are level and void. She should look absolutely powerless. She can have no past, no history; such preoccupations ruin the sensational minute.”

Wainaina won the renowned Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002 for his short story accumulation “Finding Home” and proceeded to set up Kwani?, a scholarly diary committed to distributing new essayists from Africa.


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