After coming out publicly in 2014 that he is gay, Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has announced that he is getting married to his long-term partner early next year.
The 47-year-old author, who won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Discovering Home disclosed his wedding announcement on Wednesday through social media.
I knelt down and asked my love for his hand in marriage two weeks ago. He said YES. We will be married in South Africa early next year. I am beside myself with excitement that he has agreed to spend the rest of his life with me.
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— Binyavanga Wainaina (@BinyavangaW) May 2, 2018
Even though he mentioned that his partner is Nigerian, he is yet to disclose his name and other details.
The wedding will be held in South Africa but Binyavanga has promised his Kenyan fans of a grand wedding reception in Nairobi.
His announcement has since been getting mixed reactions on social media. Here are some of the responses:
What did girls ever do to you ?
— Agava Isabwa (@Agavament) May 2, 2018
Oh Congratulations!!! You deserve every happiness life has to offer??????????
— Citizen of #Wakanda (@JoyOwango) May 2, 2018
So when are you giving birth?
— Reinhard Myeuko (@myeuko) May 2, 2018
I was excited by the statement I until he addressed the love of his life as He!!!!! Its gotten creepy. I haven’t gotten to finish reading
— NRM GENERAL (@thedissident17) May 2, 2018
When Binj is happy, we are happy. Congratulations
— Kenechi ?? ?? (@kenechiuzor) May 2, 2018
I wish to take this opportunity to invite you to try taste a girl ? and see if it doesn’t feel every bit as good. Maybe even better. Feel free to slide your wonderful findings in my DM.
— ⒿⒺⓇⒺⓂⓎ™ (@Jeremy_gitau_) May 3, 2018
how can a man marry his fellow man, Some thing is wrong. God made us male and female. God help u
— Mina George (@MinaGeo86) May 2, 2018
??You really deserve all of the love, (I wish you happiness and peace in this new journey with him ?) pic.twitter.com/0pNV0119pp
— Mogoi ? (@CynthiaKibwage) May 2, 2018
— Florian Becker (@fntbecker) May 2, 2018
Wouldn’t it be a great thing if Binyavanga Wainaina stopped these unnecessary and irrelevant sideshows about his love life and concentrated on writing one good novel or a proper collection of short stories?… https://t.co/lXYn2EEPos
— Peter Oduor (@RealPitaOduor) May 3, 2018