The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan writer and gay activist, dead at 48
In this file photo taken on January 27, 2014 Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina looks on during an interview with the AFP, in Nairobi. Internationally-renowned Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, whose high-profile coming out in a country that criminalises homosexuality made him an icon for gay rights across Africa, has died aged 48, his publishing house said on May 22, 2019. He died just days before Kenya's High Court was expected to deliver a long-awaited ruling on whether to abolish colonial-era anti-gay laws. Simon MAINA / AFP.


NAIROBI (AFP).- Internationally-renowned Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, whose high-profile coming out in a country that criminalises homosexuality made him a revered figure for gay rights in Africa, has died aged 48, his publishing house said Wednesday.

The celebrated author came to world prominence with the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002.

He died just days before Kenya's High Court was expected to deliver a long-awaited ruling on whether to abolish colonial-era anti-gay laws.

"He passed on some time last night," Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust, a Nairobi-based publishing house founded by Wainaina, told AFP.

Wainaina had suffered a stroke in 2015 and was living with HIV.

His brother James told Capital News that condolences were pouring in from around the globe.

"We lost Ken last night. We are grieving the loss... but Ken was an incredible person, with an incredible wit," he said.

"The wound is still fresh, but we have received an outpouring of messages, from the people across the world, we are greatly comforted by them."

At times a divisive figure in his native Kenya, where same-sex relationships are outlawed, Wainaina sparked huge debate in 2014 with his bombshell short story entitled "I am a Homosexual, Mum".


© Agence France-Presse





Today's News

May 23, 2019

Exhibition brings together more than 200 of Leonardo da Vinci's greatest drawings

Exhibition offers a unique chance to view the largest set of Gerhard Richter's seascapes ever assembled

Exhibition at Museum Brandhorst includes some 250 works by 45 artists

Neue Galerie New York opens 'Eclipse of the Sun: Art of the Weimar Republic'

Exhibition at David Zwirner presents work by German photographer Thomas Ruff

Christie's to offer a largely unknown archive of over 50 letters from Leonard Cohen

Kustodeiv and Vasnetsov masterpieces lead MacDougall's Russian Art Auction

First exhibition to explore the use of sound in William Hogarth's art is staged at London's Foundling Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum receives $11 million gift from Allan and Shelley Holt

Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan writer and gay activist, dead at 48

Phillips announces highlights from the New York Design Auction in June

Sotheby's online sale 'The Rolex Daytona Capsule Collection' open for bidding 24-30 May

US author Siri Hustvedt wins top Spanish award

American picked to design vast car-free garden at Eiffel Tower

World famous Mexican guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela take meditative turn

Dallas Museum of Art presents its 2019 Awards to Artists

Nine Iranian artists in London: The Spark is You opens at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

MAXXI opens exhibition of masterpieces from the IVAM Collection

Grateful Dead poster brings a record $56,400 at Psychedelic Art Exchange

Omanis praise compatriot for 'historic' Man Booker literature prize

Tim Van Laere Gallery opens an exhibition of new works by Kati Heck

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful