Monday, 1 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Binyavanga Wainana

Born in 1971 in Kenya, popularly known as "The Binj" and often referred to fondly as "a force of nature', Binyavanga Wainana is the  author of "One Day I’ll Write about this Place".  He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. With his prize money,  Binyavanga set up a literary magazine, Kwani?, to publish work by new (Kenyan) writers. One of the short stories  published in Kwani won the 2003 Caine Prize. In that same year, the Kenya Publisher’s Association presented him with an award in recognition of his contributions to Kenyan literature. In 2007, Wainana was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a "Young Global Leader". He declined the award. Until 2012, he was the Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. In 2014, he came out publicly as gay. In the same year, he was named by Time magazine as one of "100 most influential people in the world''. Its a no-brainer that "The Binj" will be on the TEDxEuston stage on December 6 2014.

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