The 2002 Caine Prize winner for African Writing Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina has proposed to his long-term Nigerian partner.
Wainaina, an acclaimed African literary giant and founder of the Nairobi-based journal Kwani, is set to wed early next year after he proposed to his lover whom he has dated for over 6 years.
He broke the news via social media where he added that they will be living in South Africa where his partner will be studying.
The acclaimed author heaped praise on his lover saying he was a “gentle” person with the “most gorgeous heart” and promised a grand reception in Nairobi.
“I asked my love for his hand in marriage two weeks ago. He said yes, nearly immediately. He is Nigerian. We will be living in South Africa, where he will be studying next year. We will get married there, early next year,
“We will have a reception for Kenyans in Nairobi sometime next year too. Nothing has surprised me more than coming to love this person, who is gentle and has the most gorgeous heart. I consider myself hugely lucky that he loves me and I have only recently fallen in love with him, but we have known each other and have been dating on and off since 2012,” wrote Wainaina.
He is one of the most high-profile individuals to announce their sexuality in Africa having made the bold move in 2014 after publishing an article titled I Am a Homosexual, Mum that got Kenya, Africa and the world talking.
An excerpt from the piece relieved him his closely guarded secret as he let the world know through a re-imagination of his mother’s last days as she lay on her deathbed.
"Never, mum. I did not trust you, mum. And. I. Pulled air hard and balled it down into my navel, and let it out slow and firm, clean and without bumps out of my mouth, loud and clear over a shoulder, into her ear. “I am a homosexual, mum."
He later tweeted that "I am, for anybody confused or in doubt, a homosexual. Gay, and quite happy," putting to rest the debate the article stirred.
That same year, Time Magazine named him as one of the "Most Influential People in the World" in its annual TIME 100.
Wainaina is the director of the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Writers and Artists at Bard College in Hamlet, New York, United States.
Four relatives from Mwania Mbogo village in Gatanga Constituency, Murang’a County have died after consuming a traditional brew.
The four, three brothers and their cousin had gathered for a house opening ceremony and the host gave them muratina, a traditional brew.
After consuming the brew on Wednesday, two of them fell ill on Thursday and were rushed to Thika Level Five Hospital but died on Friday while the other two died on Saturday at the same hospital after being taken ill on Friday.
Acting Murang’a County Police Commander David Kandie told the Nation that the four showed signs of general body weakness and fever.
“We have arrested the wife of one of the deceased brothers who hosted their relatives for the opening of their house to establish the truth on where the alcohol was brewed,” the police boss said.
He added that they have also forwarded a sample of the brew to the Government Chemist to establish whether it contained poison.
Mr Kandie said despite residents enjoying the remaining muratina, no other person was taken ill.
“According to the information we have gathered so far, we are told that more water was added to the brew that remained and given to the relatives who visited them the following day and they have not been hospitalised,” he said.
The incident comes barely a month after a Kiambu court ruled that brewing and drinking muratina during Kikuyu traditional ceremonies is not illegal.
Kikuyu Principle Magistrate D N Musyoka in March observed that the Constitution has a mandate to protect the cultures of all tribes in Kenya and no law created can infringe upon those cultural practices.
“They have to celebrate their traditional rites of passage through various ways and muratina must form part of the celebrations,” Mr Musyoka said in his judgment.