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In 2005, Wainana published an essay in Granta entitled “How to Write about Africa.” It was a stingingly ironic take on the tropes of much western writing about Africa. In January 2014, after anti-gay laws were passed in Nigeria and Uganda, he made his sexual orientation public in an article entitled “I am a Homosexual, Mum.” Wainaina declared that he would continue to visit Nigeria, despite homosexuality carrying a 14-year prison sentence there.

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