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Binyavanga Wainaina

Wainaina at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival.
Born 18 January 1971(1971-01-18)
Nakuru, Kenya
Died 21 May 2019(2019-05-21) (aged 48)
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Nationality Kenyan
Genres Author, journalist
Notable award(s) 2002 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

Wainaina was born in Nakuru.

Personal life

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]