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Author and Gay Rights Activist Binyavanga Wainana Passes On

The Renowned Kenyan author and gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainana has passed on aged 47 years.




Binyavanga died on Tuesday, May 21 at 10 PM after a stroke. He was the founder of literary magazine Kwani.

The vocal gay rights activist was set to marry his boyfriend this year.




He was set to do a documentary on homosexuality and always asked Kenyans to speak on the issue

He first suffered a stroke in 2016.




THE FAMILY

Binyavanga’s brother has said that his family wants to celebrate his life after the acclaimed Kenyan author died on Tuesday night following a short illness.




“We are in a life celebration mood, we’re looking at this from a human level; it’s a human story. Allow that humanness to shine, people are hurting,” his brother James told the BBC’s Peter Mwangangi.

“He passed on last night at a hospital after a period of real fighting. But it is what it is now, we’re still trying to come to terms with that,” he added.




“We are trying to inform those who are not in the know of the sad news” James added.

Binyavanga has not been in good health over the last few years and his health deteriorated in the last three months.

However, we (the family) would not delve into more details concerning my brother’s illness.

James said his family was hopeful that Binyavanga would recover but that did not happen despite the efforts of the doctors.



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