Award-winning author and Gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainaina is dead


Binyavanga Wainaina, a renowned African literacy giant and 2002 Caine Prize winner for African Writing, Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina is dead.

Binyavanga who is also the founder of Kwani, a Nairobi-based journal, died on Tuesday night at Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

According to his family, Binyavanga, 48 years, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. His first stroke was in 2016.

In a shocking revelation made in 2016 Binyavanga confessed that he was HIV positive. He did not, however, reveal the period he had been handling the disease.

“What I said (in a tweet) is true. I’m HIV positive and happy! That is all I can say,”

Wainaina is one of the most high-profile individuals to announce their sexuality in Africa having made the bold move in 2014 after publishing an article titled I Am a Homosexual, Mum that got Kenya, Africa and the world talking.

“Never, mum. I did not trust you, mum. And. I. Pulled air hard and balled it down into my navel, and let it out slow and firm, clean and without bumps out of my mouth, loud and clear over a shoulder, into her ear. “I am a homosexual, mum.”

He later tweeted that “I am, for anybody confused or in doubt, a homosexual. Gay, and quite happy,” putting to rest the debate the article stirred.


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