ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kenyan poet Mukoma Wa Ngugi is the author of Hurling Words at Consciousness(Africa World Press, 2006) and Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change (Kimaathi Publishing House, 2003). He is also columnist for the BBC Focus on Africa Magazine.
His poems have appeared in Tin House Magazine, Brick Magazine, Chiumurenga, Kwani?, and in the anthologies, One Hundred Days, New Black Writing, Reflections on the Rwandan Genocide amongst others.
His features have been carried by Kenya’s Sunday Nation, the East African and The Herald, Zimbabwe and his zmag.org essays such as New Orleans and the Third World and Africa and the War on Terror widely read.
He serves as the coordinator for the Toward an Africa without Borders Organization which looks to bring together academics and activists in an effort to understand and work through African and Diaspora issues and causes, and help bring African ideas and solutions to the forefront of the discussion. http://towardanafricawithoutborders.org.
He has a BA in Political Science and English (Albright College) an MA in Creative Writing (Boston University) and an MA in English (UW-Madison).
The extreme homophobia being expressed against Binyavanga at a time when we are mourning him says a lot more about the homophobe’s sense of humanity and they should look deep into themselves as to why. The irony, using christianity and colonial laws to defend African cultures.
“The idea that homosexuality is not African has no basis in fact...In fact, what is un-African is the law against same-sex relations" - Jill Ghai and Yash Ghai. A good essay by @JacobKushner to remind us African cultures should not be covers for injustice! https://t.co/df6djW5kql
"It is only now that it occurs to me what a gift it is to teach the work of a friend, to be intellectual collaborators with someone whose company you also love, drinking and talking late into the night as you hop from one book festival.." -Me on Binyavanga https://t.co/f9kyZSYyIV