It is hard to say his name without thinking of great writing and activism. Binyavanga Wainaina (who has managed to have people say his name right without attempting to shorten it) has been awarded the 2002 Caine prize for African writing for his story, ‘Discovering Home‘. Is the founding editor of the magazine, ‘Kwani?’, and was recognized in 2003 by the Kenya Publisher’s Association for his contribution to Kenyan Literature.
He is published in the The EastAfrican, National Geographic, The Sunday Times (South Africa), Granta, the New York Times and The Guardian (UK) and was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a “Young Global Leader” – an award given to people for “their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.” He declined the award citing that he was just a writer and not one who would significantly change the world….I disagree…there is power of change in words, and his have already made huge inroads in the attempt of people to understand what is going on in their world.
A salute to a great thinker and writer! He has made an impact to many already. Writer-in-Residence at Union College in Schenectady, NY (USA), where he is teaching, lecturing and working on a novel.