Binyavanga Wainaina Biography


Binyavanga Wainaina is a Kenyan born writer, now based in Nairobi. He lived and worked for ten years in South Africa and has been writing from Nakuru, Kenya for the past two years, publishing various literary journals around the world.

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Binyavanga Wainaina  was born 18 January 1971 in Nakuru in Rift Valley province.


Binyavanga real name is Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina


Binyavanga Wainaina attended Moi Primary School in Nakuru and  Mangu High School in Thika, and later Lenana School in Nairobi, before studing commerce at the University of Transkei in South Africa. He completed an MPhil in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2010.


In July 2002, Binyavanga Wainaina  won the Caine Prize for his short story “Discovering Home” and in 2003, he was given an award by the Kenya Publisher’s Association, in recognition of his services to Kenyan literature.


Following his education, Wainaina worked in Cape Town for some years as a freelance food and travel writer.Since then he has since become an important source of new writing from Africa. Books under his belt include “How to Write About Africa” ; “One Day I Will Write About This Place”; “Discovering Home” ; “I am a Homosexual, Mum” and “Beyond the River Yei.”


Binyavanga Wainaina is the founding editor of the literary magazine Kwani?  He has written for the New York Times, the Guardian and National Geographic. He is the director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. In 2007, Wainaina was a writer in residence at Union College in Schenectady, NY (USA). In the fall of 2008, he was in residence at Williams College, where he was teaching, lecturing and working on a novel. He is currently a Bard Fellow and the director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Literature and Languages at Bard College.

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