Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan Writer and LGBTQ Activist, Dies at 48

Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan Writer and LGBTQ Activist, Dies at 48

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Sad news in the writer’s world. Binyavanga Wainaina, a deeply influential Kenyan writer and LGBTQ activist, has passed away at age 48, according to NPR. He was the founder of Kwani? a literary magazine and loose collection of Kenyan writers that bounded together to foster creativity, passion, and fostered the work of Kenyan young writers. He also won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002 and became widely known for his written piece, “How To Write About Africa”, cheekily instructing Western writers how to do just that. The full piece is below: “In your text, treat Africa as if it were one …

Film Depicting Lesbian Love Wins African Film Festival Award

Film Depicting Lesbian Love Wins African Film Festival Award

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Rafiki, a film by Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu that depicts lesbian love, has been recognized at the largest African film festival, Fespaco. The festival has awarded Samantha Mugatsia “best actress” for her portrayal of Kena Mwaura. According to IMDb, the film tells the tale of Kena and Ziki, two girls who “long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.” It is inspired by the short story “Jambula Tree”  by Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko.     IMAGE VIA HUMANMOVENT   The award is significant because the film is banned …