Quotes by Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina

Kenyan author and journalist

Alive from: 1971-2019

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

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    All people have dignity. There's nobody who was born without a soul and a spirit.
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    Every one, we, we homosexuals, are people, and we need our oxygen to breathe.
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    I, Binyavanga Wainaina, quite honestly swear I have known I am a homosexual since I was five.
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    In kindergarten, we had this Irish Catholic headmistress called Sister Leonie, and I remember she would tell us, say, to put the crayons in the box. I remember thinking, 'Why is everyone finding this so easy? Why should the crayons be in the box?'
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    It's like I was always not quite sure even how to move in space somehow; I would watch people and then copy them. I found it really hard to walk straight. My brother was always on at me for walking off the pavement. I guess I always expected people to bring me back into line.
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    Living in South Africa and periodically coming back to Kenya, my relationship with officialdom in Kenya was just insane.
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    Never have a picture of a well-adjusted African on the cover of your book, or in it, unless that African has won the Nobel prize.
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    People reach an age... where somebody else's platform is no longer yours.
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    There is no country in the world with the diversity, confidence and talent and black pride like Nigeria.
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    There's no point for me in being a writer and having all these blocked places where I feel I can't think freely and imagine freely. There just really is no point.
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    We are a mixed up people. We have mixed up ways of naming, too... When my father's brothers and sisters first went to colonial schools, they had to produce a surname. They also had to show they were good Christians by adopting a western name. They adopted my grandfather's name as surname. Wainaina.
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    When I went to live in South Africa, I immediately began to understand what went wrong. Because here was a place supposed to be under apartheid - I arrived there in 1991 - but here a black person had more say and had more influence over his white government than an average Kenyan had over the Moi government.
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