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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
Died 21 May 2019(2019-05-21) (aged 48)
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Nationality Kenyan
Genre Author, journalist
Notable awards 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. In 2016, he was diagnosed with HIV.

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


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