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.