Kenyan Gay Author Binyavanga Wainaina Proposes To Nigerian Partner

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Kenyan Gay Author Binyavanga Wainaina Proposes To Nigerian Partner

The 2002 Caine Prize winner for African Writing, Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina, has proposed to his long-term Nigerian partner.

The award-winning author, who also said that he will marry his boyfriend early next year, is, however, silent on the identity of the said Nigerian.

The 47-year-old took to Twitter on Wednesday to say:

“I knelt down and asked my love for his hand in marriage two weeks ago. He said YES. We will be married in South Africa early next year. I am beside myself with excitement that he has agreed to spend the rest of his life with me.”

It is understood that Wainaina and his Nigerian boyfriend have been together for five years.


The wedding will take place in South Africa, a country that condones same-sex marriage.

Since declaring that he is homosexual, Binyavanga’s life has been marked by controversy.

“Nobody, nobody, ever in my life has heard this. I am a homosexual, mum,” Binyavanga wrote in a confession subtitled “A Lost Chapter”, in the book One Day I Will Write About This Place.



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