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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.

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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

Meetings

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

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

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. 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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