Binyavanga Wainaina

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Binyavanga Wainaina
Wainaina at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival.
Wainaina at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival.
Born(1971-01-18)18 January 1971
Nakuru, Kenya
Died21 May 2019(2019-05-21) (aged 48)
Nairobi, Kenya
OccupationNovelist, short story writer
GenreAuthor, journalist
Notable awards2002 Caine Prize

Binyavanga Wainaina (18 January 1971 – 21 May 2019) was a Kenyan writer. In July 2002 he won the Caine Prize For African Writing for his short story "Discovering Home". He started Kwani? magazine. His first book, One Day I Will Write About This Place, was published in 2011.

Early life[change | change source]

Wainaina was born in Nakuru.

Personal life[change | change source]

In 2014 he tweeted that he is gay.[1] In 2016, he was diagnosed with HIV.[2]

Wainaina died after a stroke in Nairobi on 21 May 2019, aged 48.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Howden, Daniel (21 January 2014). "Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina declares: 'I am homosexual'" – via
  2. Binyavanga Wainaina [@BinyavangaW] (1 December 2016). "i am HiV Positive, and happy" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. "Binyavanga Wainaina, 1971–2019, RIP". Retrieved 2019-05-22.