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Kenyan Author and Gay Rights Activist Binyavanga Wainaina Dies



Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author of “One Day I Will Write About This Place,” has died at the age of 48.

Binyavanga, or Binj as he was fondly known by friends, won the Caine Prize in 2002, was named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014 (with praise written by his friend Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), and is best known for his 2005 essay How to Write About Africa. His memoir “One Day I Will Write About This Place” was selected to the Oprah Book Club.

The outspoken author suffered a stroke in 2015, and announced plans on his Twitter to in 2019 marry his lover in South Africa.

Tributes have poured in for the writer, who has been described as kind and loving.


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