Nigerian gay activist,Norman Abu has expressed sorrow after the demise of a renown Kenyan author and gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainana .Speaking to reporters in Nairobi, Mr Abu has described Binyavanga Wainana as the most precious gift from the creator to him.
“Life is short. Today you are with the love of your heart and tomorrow he is no more. The sudden demise of the Queen of my heart has left a big hole in my heart that can never be filled. He was such a charming person.We used to play a lot on the balconies and I will dearly miss it” Abu spoke to reporters amid tears.
The author died on Tuesday May 21 at 10PM after a stroke. The 47-year-old founder of literary magazine Kwani was a vocal gay rights activists and was set to marry his boyfriend this year.He was set to do a documentary on homosexuality and always asked Kenyans to speak on the issue.
He first suffered a stroke in 2016.Confirming his death, Wainana’s family indicated the 47-year-old activist died of stroke. According to one of his friends on social media, Michael Olweny, the activist first suffered stroke sometimes back in 2016.Olweny claimed the deceased was set to do a documentary on homosexuality and always asked Kenyans to speak openly on the thorny issue.
Wainana made headlines in January 2014 when he publicly announced his sexual orientation during launch of his controversial book, I am a homosexual mom. The fallen activist was also Kenya’s first openly gay man to talk candidly about his life, his trials and triumphs as well as his HIV status. The activist was back in the news again in May 2019 when he revealed he was planning to wed his long time lover from Nigeria.