Binyavanga Wainaina, the legendary author, and activist who died on May 22 at the age of 48 was remembered today at a memorial service held at the National Museum.
The great author of such works like ‘Discovering Home’ and ‘How to Write About Africa’ was remembered by a collection of friends and family.
He will be remembered as the founding editor of Kwani?, the first literary magazine in East Africa since Transition Magazine.
He established it in 2003 and it has since become an important source of new writing from Africa, with several writers for the magazine have been nominated for the Caine Prize and have subsequently won it.
In 2003, he was given an award by the Kenya Publisher’s Association, in recognition of his services to Kenyan literature. Among the prestigious publications he wrote for was; National Geographic, The Sunday Times (South Africa), Granta, The New York Times, and The Guardian.
Wainaina was a critical thinker and showed off this trait in his satirical essay “How to Write About Africa”, published in Granta magazine in 2006, which attracted wide attention.
Binyavanga was a homos3xual and publicly came out in 2014. The prolific writer was cremated yesterday at Kariokaor.
Check out the some of the pictures below taken by Enos Teche;