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Binyavanga Wainaina. (1971 – 2019) So kind, so generous, so humorous, so brilliant, so brave, so talented, so knowledgeable, so wonderfully curious, so original. I am struggling. To use the past tense. To stop crying. My beloved ‘Canga.’ There is nobody else remotely like you. Nobody. With you, I felt so known, so understood. And there is no gift, in a friendship, more precious than this. I love you. Always. Rest well. Chimamanda
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie posted on Instagram after the passing of Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina
- Wainana was one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2014 and a winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing
- Wainana also achieved widespread fame for his satire essay "How to Write About Africa" which draws attention to common tropes used when writing about the continent (ie always mentioning wide empty spaces and African sunsets, the absence of mundane scenes and Africans living happy prosperous lives) - the article is definitely worth the read!
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what stereotype or trope do you hate most about the way your culture is popularly represented, ONTD?