Binyavanga Wainaina, an Internationally-renowned Kenyan who openly supports LGBT in a country that criminalises homosexuality is Dead.
Wainaina’s Death came as a shock to the world, especially to those who consider him a revered figure for gay rights in Africa.
Wainana died aged 48 according to a report by his publishing house on Wednesday.
The celebrated author came to world prominence with the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002.
He died just days before Kenya’s High Court was expected to deliver a long-awaited ruling on whether to abolish colonial-era anti-gay laws.
“He passed on some time last night,” Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust, a Nairobi-based publishing house founded by Wainaina, told AFP.
Wainaina had suffered a stroke in 2015 and was living with HIV.
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His brother James told Capital News that condolences were pouring in from around the globe.
“We lost Ken last night. We are grieving the loss but Ken was an incredible person, with an incredible wit,” he said.
“The wound is still fresh, but we have received an outpouring of messages, from the people across the world, we are greatly comforted by them.”
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At times a divisive figure in his native Kenya, where same-sex relationships are outlawed, Wainaina sparked huge debate in 2014 with his bombshell short story entitled “I am a Homosexual, Mum”.