7 Things You Did Not Know About Binyavanga

7 Things You Did Not Know About Binyavanga


No 1: He Taught the World How to Write About Africa 


Binyavanga  satirical essay; How to Write About Africa made it across world  dissecting the cliché of Africa and the preconceptions dear to western writers and readers with ruthless precision. 

&lsquo Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title.  


&lsquo Note that ‘People’ means Africans who are not black, while ‘The People’ means black Africans…’ 

-How nbsp;To  Write About Africa  





NO 2: He was a Foodie 

Wainaina  collected over 13,000 recipes from around Africa and was an expert on 

traditional and modern African cuisine including Nigerian and Ghanian  delicacies 

that he learned to make in his college days in South Africa. 


No 3: He Declined an International Award Presented by a Queen 



No 4. He Was Half Ugandan 


No : He Grew up in Nakuru 


No 6: He was Flat Broke when he won Caine Prize Award for African Writing 


In 2002, Binyavanga  was broke, and back at his home in Nakuru babysitting for 

his sister, writing and cooking when he got the news that he had won the 2002 

Caine Prize Award. 

Based in England, the prestigious prize is worth fifteen thousand dollars. He won 

the award through= 


No 7: ‘(One of His) His Biggest Regret was not coming out on time to his parents 


Binyavanga  was not Just Kenyan…But Ugandan and Rwandese as Well 

His family on his mother’s side has a unique story. With roots from Rwanda and 

Uganda they disintegrated after civil war and genocide in Rwanda and now live in 

different countries. Family reunions brought them together.