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A recording of our discussion about the recovery of one of Wainaina’s lost stories and his continued importance to the African literary landscape.
Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina (1971–2019) was among the greatest of his generation. A winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, in the final decade of his life he had become as well a celebrated speaker, and was even named by TIME to its list of “Most Influential People in the World.” He was also an out gay man and a tireless advocate for the rights of sexual minorities.
His first ever piece of fiction, “Binguni!”, was thought to be lost. Recently rediscovered, the story was featured in our Winter 2021 book Ancestors, and we are thrilled that it is now online for all to read, twenty-five years after it was originally published.
To celebrate, Boston Review hosted a short conversation on Wainaina’s fiction in Spring 2021. In partnership with the Against Nature Journal, the event featured an international panel of distinguished writers who talked about the rediscovery of “Binguni!” and Wainaina’s continued importance to the African literary landscape.
Panelists (in their grid order from top left):
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