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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 Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just 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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