Binyavanga Wainaina dead: Nigerian gay and LGBT rights activist, Bisi Alimi has written a tribute to the late Award winning Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina.
The HIV positive gay rights activist died at the age of 48 and tributes are already pouring in from writers and members of the LGBTQ community in his home country and across the world.
Bisi Alimi wrote:
Bisi Alimi wrote: “Really heartbroken to wake up to the news of the passing of
#Binyavangawainaina, once again, #Africa has lost another giant, another mortal has gone to be with the gods. Thank you for your writing and for adding colours to the #LGBT rainbows of the continent.”
Wainaina, who was named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014 for his gay rights activism, died at a Nairobi hospital after a brief illness.
His family represented by his brother James Wainaina, said his death is a great loss to the family and they would want to celebrate his life.
“We are in a life celebration mood, we’re looking at this from a human level; it’s a human story. Allow that humanness to shine, people are hurting,” he said.
Tom Maliti, the chairman of the literary magazine Kwani, which was founded by Wainaina, told The Daily Nation newspaper of Wainaina’s passing on Wednesday.
Maliti said Wainaina died a few minutes past 10pm on Tuesday at a Nairobi hospital.
Wainana won the Caine Prize for African writing in 2002 for his short story Discovering Home in 2002.
In 2014, following the passage of a series of anti-gay laws across Africa, Wainaina publicly announced that he was gay. In 2015, he suffered a stroke. In December 2016, he revealed on Twitter that he was HIV-positive.
Last year he announced his plans to marry his long-time partner in South Africa.
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