The late veteran Kenyan author and firebrand gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainana left a cryptic yet deep message more than a year before his untimely demise.
Binyavanga, a writer who was the 2002 Caine Prize winner, had issued the message back at the start of 2018 in what is now being perceived as a premonition of his death.
In the post dated January 13 2018, Binyavanga talks about life and death and how he desired to be celebrated whilst he was still alive.
Despite his controversial lifestyle, he was one who was celebrated for his boldness, particularly after he dramatically came out to reveal his sexual orientation during the launch of his controversial book, Mama I Am a Homosexual.
The fallen activist was notably Kenya’s first openly gay man to talk candidly about his life, his trials and triumphs as well as his HIV status.
Because of the publicity his actions earned him, Binyavanga used his social media platforms to at times send out deep messages on life.
In his January 13 post, he talked of his dreams and how he was much content because he believed he had fulfilled his dreams.
The late Binyavanga who passed away aged 48, went on to reveal he was not afraid of death for the simple fact that he had made peace with the eventuality of his demise.
“I do not fear death anymore. I just have one thing to do this year. If I die anytime after that it is okay. I have already reconciled myself with that. I would like to live a long life after I do what I need to do this year. If I don’t live long after this, it is okay. Do not celebrate my life. Do not mourn me,” he said then.Loading...
Binyavanga’s family while confirming his death said he died of stroke.
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