Binyavanga Wainaina.

Binyavanga Wainaina, the great Kenyan writer, bestselling memoirist, queer icon, and beloved literary influencer, recently passed on at the age of 48, on Tuesday, 21 May. The following send-off arrangement is taken from a press release received from Billy Kahora, editor of Kwani?, with additional information from Richard Ali, member of Jalada.


Further to the announcement of the sad demise of (Kenneth) Binyavanga Wainaina, friends and family are welcome to attend the following sessions.

Friday, 23 May & Monday, 27 May


Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Venue: Southern Sun Mayfair, Park Road, Nairobi

Tuesday, 28 May

Open Mic: Honouring Binyavanga, Hosted by Kwani? Trust

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi

Gate: KSH 500

Thursday, 30 May

Remembrance and Celebration of Life

Time: TBC

Venue: TBC

Friday, 31 May

Jalada & The Book Bunk Memorial

Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Venue: Mc Millan Memorial Library, Banda Street, Nairobi


NOTE: Given that the details of the events are not all available at the time of writing, we will continue to update this post.