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Binyavanga Wainaina.

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The site, Planetbinya.org, is run by Isaac Otidi Amuke.

This “unofficial archive of Binyavanga Wainaina’s work” includes his very first published piece, “Black Mischief,” in G21 magazine. G21 also published his Caine Prize-winning “Discovering Home,” an autobiographical portrayal of urban and family life set in South Africa and Kenya that is one of the finest works—some say the very finest—to grace the prize’s shortlist. On the site, also, is a link to Binyavanga’s best-known, most-read work: “How To Write About Africa,” a satire on Western writing tropes stereotyping Africa, published in 2005 by Granta.

Arguably his generation’s finest crafter of the English prose in Africa, Binyavanga is also one of the most talked-about. This year, two memoirs by other writers centered on him: Hugo kaCanham’s piece in The Kalahari Review, “The Clumsy Binyavanga Wainaina in Johannesburg,” and Sada Malumfashi’s Kofi Addo Nonfiction Prize finalist in Enkare Review, “Finding Binyavanga.”

With this, it does feel like Binyavanga just got a planet of his own.

Visit Planetbinya.org.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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    This is long expected. African writers and everything Africa can be very difficult to access online unlike their European counterparts and the west generally. I hope it is what it appears to be sha. Soyinka’s works in this age and time should have grown and matured beyond the capitalism of profit making and commercialization of creativity which is excusable for upcoming writers. This is a welcome development. Celebrated African writers and their writings should toe this lane.

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