Popular Kenyan gay and author Binyavyanga Wainaina is no more.
Binyavanga died on Tuesday, May 21 at 10PM after suffering a stroke.
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Binyavanga, who openly revealed that he was HIV positive in 2016, passed away at the age of 48.
Although details about his death are still scanty, Binyavanga was set to wed his Nigerian lover this year. But he remained silent over the matter.
Last year, he tweeted;
I asked my love for his hand in marriage two weeks ago. he said yes, nearly immediately. he is Nigerian. we will be living in South Africa, where he will be studying next year. we will get married there, early next year. we will have a reception for kenyans in Nairobi sometime next year too. nothing has surprised me more than coming to love this person, who is gentle and has the most gorgeous heart. i consider myself hugely lucky that he loves me and i have only recently fallen in love with him, but we have known each other and have been dating on and off since 2012.
Wainaina was the founding editor of Kwani magazine and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002.
Many have eulogized the author and comments include;
Esther Marijen wrote; Such sad news, Binyavanga Wainana died last night. Time to re-read his great essay “how to write about Africa”
Ben Philips wrote; So sad to hear that Binyavanga Wainaina has died aged just 48. But in those 48 years what gifts he gave the world. Here is his biting satire “How to Write About Africa”. Rest in power
Gidson posted; Oh! it is saddening that Binya has left us, he inspired me a lot and I can’t believe it’s just the other day he was with Jeff on TV….. The lessons we learn on the succinctness of life
Whitney Ogutu said; Rest easy Binyavanga.