4 June 2012

Kenya: Binyavanga Wainaina Launches New Book in Nairobi

Photo: Mauroppi
Wainaina at the Internazionale a Ferrara, 2009.

It's been a book ten years in the making. Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002 for his story Discovering Home. The story was on his experience coming home after a long time in South Africa and meeting his family from many nationalities. From his winnings he started the highly respected Kwani? journal of African writing.

In the last few years he has been threatening to unveil his new book but the market has been waiting with no avail. He finally finished his debut book 'One Day I will write about this place', a memoir about his life. He first launched it in the US and then the UK.

Last Friday was the turn for Kenya to have a taste of the Binyavanga magic as his book was launched at the Nairobi Railway Museum. For a public holiday, the turnout was impressive with filmmakers, university professors, musicians, civil society folks rubbing shoulders with some of Nairobi's leading company executives.

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