HOW TO WRITE ABOUT AFRICA, introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, edited by Achal Prabhala

: Wainaina (B.)

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352pp., hardback, d.w., London, 2022


A posthumous collection of essays about sexuality, art, history, and contemporary Africa by Kenyan author, gay rights activist and journalist Binyavanga Wainaina.

“It’s beginning to seem like Binyavanga Wainaina’s satirical essay ‘How to Write About Africa’ might be, after the Bible, the most read English-language text on the African continent ... This collection of his writing - the first to be published since he died - makes it difficult not to feel the scale of [his] loss ... A fierce literary talent ... [Wainaina] shines a light on his continent without cliché.” Nesrine Malik, Guardian

Binyavanga Wainaina won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing with his short story Discovering Home. His memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place, was published in 2011. Time magazine included Wainaina in its 2014 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He died in 2019, aged 49.