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CNB News – Kenyan author and LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina died at the age of 48.

Binyavanga Wainaina is the founder of the literary magazine Kwani he passed away following a short illness, the chairman of the Nairobi-based  in a press release  told The Daily Nation newspaper on Wednesday.  Tom Maliti said:

The writer died a few minutes past 10pm (19:00 GMT) on Tuesday at a Nairobi hospital.

Wainaina Is an award winning Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Discovering Home in 2002. Following the passage of a series of anti-gay laws across Africa in 2014, Wainaina publicly announced that he was gay.

In December 2016, Wainaina posted on Twitter that he was HIV-positive. Time Magazine in 2014 included Wainaina in its list of the Most Influential People in the World.

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