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The Second German Chronic is Here

The second German-language edition of the Chronic takes up the theme of new cartographies. The 32-page publication features translations of maps and selected writings from previous editions of the English Chronic produced in 2014 and 2015.   Contributors include Binyavanga Wainaina, Yemisi Aribisala, Billy Kahora, Jesse Weaver Shipley, Wendell Marsh, Agri Ismail, Moses März, Elnathan John, Stacy Hardy, Sarah Jappie and […]

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Dear Dr. Schwab, Queen of Jordan

 By Binyavanga Wainaina Professor Klaus SchwabFounder & Executive ChairmanWorld Economic Forum & Queen Rania of JordanChair of the Selection CommitteeYoung Global Leaders 2007 Dear Mr. Schwab, Queen Jordan, I received your nomination letter over a week ago, and have been, until today, at a loss as to what to do with it. Some things were […]

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Honouring Somaliness

Binyavanga Wainaina and Diriye Osman sit down in south London to speak of honouring Somaliness, navigating the globe as a homeless writer, freedom and love. A short film by Bahareh Hosseini.

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It’s only a matter of acceleration now

by  Binyavanga Wainaina 1. I am about to interview Youssou N’Dour. I am sitting in the office of his TV station. 2. This week in Dakar, you learned to manage your breathing swimming in the water of the Atlantic, the lifeguard showed you how he spends his whole day at the tiny stony beach near […]

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I am a homosexual, Mum by Binyavanga Wainaina

(A lost chapter from One Day I Will Write About This Place) 11 July, 2000. This is not the right version of events. Hey mum. I was putting my head on her shoulder, that last afternoon before she died. She was lying on her hospital bed. Kenyatta. Intensive Care. Critical Care. There. Because this time […]

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