Chronicle

#41

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Binyavanga Wainaina, photographed by Victor Dlamini for The JRB.

Essay | How to read about Africa

Chronicle #41 / by Wim Bossema

On 21 May 2019 after suffering a stroke, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina (48) passed away. On Thursday 24th October, 2019, a celebration of his life and works will be held at Studio ZAM. Guests will focus on two of his brilliant essays: ‘How to Write About Africa’, about the framing of ‘Africa’ in Western media, and ‘I Am a Homosexual, Mom.’

As a kick-off for that meeting Dutch journalist Wim Bossema, who has been writing on ‘anything African’ since 1980, mainly for the Dutch daily de Volkskrant, shifts his focus from writing to reading.

02/09/2019