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Binyavanga Wainaina

Our national spirit is in a coma

What kind of Gikuyu are you? This question has been circling around and inside me for many years.

Winds of change at the press of a button

Binyavanga Wainaina: two years ago, when we heard that Jacob Zuma was running for president, we were upset.

It’s a brand new world, baby

A successful brand management strategy is one that makes people pay remarkably high prices for products that are inherently cheap to make.

Africa: Bent out of shape

Binyavanga Wainaina: Nowhere on the planet are there countries as oddly shaped as in Africa.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

To belong to a civilisation is to take all your nation's bodies and ready them for the open market.

Beat me Barack!

Information about Obama's grandfather could begin a strange game

The aspiring dictator’s guide

So many writers are making money writing stupid self-help books.

The quiet despair of a dying nation

Binyavanga Wainaina: To win an election, our political classes released the beast. This beast is exactly as bestial as something out of Revelations.

If only Ngugi wa Thiong’o knew

Did Ngugi wa Thiong'o read Harold Robbins? Did he know what kind of mind-blowing sex you could have in LA with cocaine rubbed on your genitals?

C’mon everybody let’s do a Kibaki

This whole year a new virus has been spreading to countries where elections are taking place. It is called "Doing a Kibaki".

To make a king

We trust them, because in our schoolbooks, in our newspapers, in all media, more space is dedicated to their ideas and lives than to anything else.

Da revolution is on da phone

The reason why Kenyans are bad musicians is because we are out of touch with our own tastes and instincts.

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