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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator 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. Born in Aba, he combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he 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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