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Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina

    Our national spirit is in a coma
    Our national spirit is in a coma
    "Patrick Henry, a prominent figure in the American Revolution, known and remembered for his 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death' speech, once...
    Winds of change at the press of a button
    Winds of change at the press of a button
    A few years ago I went to South Africa. On my way back to Kenya I stopped in Johannesburg to visit some old friends from university. They were...
    Woozy in a wobbling world
    Woozy in a wobbling world
    For the past few months I have spent much time trying to reorient my brain. All of a sudden, in the past 15 months or so, the world decided to...
    It's a brand new world, baby
    It's a brand new world, baby
    Even the well-capitalised commodity countries such as Ghana, Angola and Nigeria are starting to shake and shiver. Now that the masses are restless...
    Africa: Bent out of shape
    Africa: Bent out of shape
    Nowhere on the planet are there countries as oddly shaped as in Africa. You have all those West African nations -- whose kingdoms run strangely...
    Yesterday, today and tomorrow
    Yesterday, today and tomorrow
    You lie down, skin peeled and naked, according to the policy of your government, and it's international — erm ... advisers - and expose...
    Beat me Barack!
    Beat me Barack!
    Gosh. The world became very comical all of a sudden.
    The aspiring dictator's guide
    The aspiring dictator's guide
    So many writers are making money writing stupid self-help books. Is there some little book, which circulates from president to president, like The...
    The quiet despair of a dying nation
    The quiet despair of a dying nation
    In June 2007 a man I found out about only yesterday, called Prophet Dr Edward David Owuor, of Repentence and Holiness Ministry, held a Pentecostal...
    If only Ngugi wa Thiong'o knew
    If only Ngugi wa Thiong'o knew
    I tried, but the problem was I turned 18 in the 1980s. That's when I first walked into Bubbles Discotheque in Nairobi wearing a second-hand Hugo...
    C'mon everybody let's do a Kibaki
    C'mon everybody let's do a Kibaki
    On the flat earth we live on the measure of a man or a woman does not take into account the infrastructure that carries them.
    To make a king
    To make a king
    I was travelling in Uganda a few months ago and walked into a bookstore in a small town near the Rwanda border and bought a school history text. As...