Binyavanga Wainaina





Binyavanga Wainaina


Born
in Nakuru, Kenya
January 18, 1971

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Binyavanga Wainaina is a short story writer, essayist, and journalist.

He is the founding editor of Kwani?, a leading African literary magazine based in Kenya, and he directs the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College.

He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing, and has written for many journals, including Vanity Fair, National Geographic, One Story, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Harper's, Granta, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times.

Average rating: 3.85 · 1,671 ratings · 266 reviews · 15 distinct works · Similar authors
One Day I Will Write About ...

3.75 avg rating — 1,051 ratings — published 2011 — 21 editions
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How to Write about Africa

4.46 avg rating — 132 ratings — published 2006
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Discovering Home

4.29 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 2007
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Beyond the River Yei: Life ...

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Kwani? 03

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Gods and Soldiers: The Peng...

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Granta Portugal 4: África

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Kwani? 01

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Kwani? 04

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“I have learned that I, we, are a dollar-a-day people (which is terrible, they say, because a cow in Japan is worth $9 a day). This means that a Japanese cow would be a middle class Kenyan... a $9-a-day cow from Japan could very well head a humanitarian NGO in Kenya. Massages are very cheap in Nairobi, so the cow would be comfortable.”
Binyavanga Wainaina

“International correspondents with their long dictaphones, and dirty jeans, and five hundred words before whiskey, are slouched over the red velvet chairs, in the VIP section in the front, looking for the Story: the Most Macheteing Deathest, Most Treasury Corruptest, Most Entrail-Eating Civil Warest, Most Crocodile-Grinning Dictatorest, MOst Heart-Wrenching and Genociding Pulitzerest, Most Black Big-Eyed Oxfam Child Starvingest, Most Wild African Savages Having AIDS-Ridden Sexest with Genetically Mutilatedest Girls...The Most Authentic Real Black Africanest story they can find...”
Binyavanga Wainaina, One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir

“When art as an expression starts to appear, without prompting, all over the suburbs and villages of this country, what we are saying is: we are confident enough to create our own living, our own entertainment, our own aesthetic. Such an aesthetic will not be donated to us from the corridors of a university; or from the Ministry of Culture, or by the French Cultural Centre. It will come from the individual creations of a thousand creative people”
Binyavanga Wainaina, Kwani? 01

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