I’m not privy to all the details about Binyavanga Wainaina’s illness. So I’ve cut and pasted Lola Shoneyin’s Facebook post about it.

There is a fundraising event taking place this weekend. The objective is to generate at least 10,000 dollars to help with medical expenses.

Those who can should please attend and support the efforts. It is going to be a full-scale literary and art event—auction, book sales, readings, book signing, and the celebration of a writer who has inspired us and given us so much. Special Binyavanga posters will be available.

For those of you who can’t attend the event, you can still help! Read on to see how you can do just that.

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Binyavanga Wainaina—our dear friend, writer, activist and inspiration suffered a major stroke a few weeks ago. He needs $45,000 for treatment in India. In collaboration with Sabi News, Vee Global Concepts and Freedom Park, we are organizing a fundraiser at 12 noon on Saturday, 28 November 2015 at The Members’ Lounge, Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.

There will be readings, art auction/ sales of works by Victor Ehikhamenor. We are setting up the Ake Arts and Book Festival Bookstore in Lagos for the very first time so you can buy those amazing books. 20% of the proceeds will go to Binyavanga’s Medical Fund.

Kitchen Butterfly will also be selling some of her culinary wonders. Sabi News will capture your beautiful stories and photos.

If you can’t make it, please send support to:
Bank: GTB
Acc name: Book Buzz Foundation
Acc no: 0127306840
Branch: Oba Akran, Lagos
Ref: For Binyavanga

Our target is for Nigeria to raise $10,000 for our beloved friend.

We can do it! Please share!


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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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