Why Openly Gay, Kenyan Author Binyavanga Wainaina Was Attacked By Racist Taxi Driver

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Binyavanga-Wainaina-007Kenya’s top author and gay activist Binyavanga Wainana is not a happy man after he suffered racism victim in the hands of a racist German taxi driver.

He laments of how the taxi man became too impatient to wait him retrieve the address to a clinic he was going to buy medication after he suffered a stroke.

“The cab was waiting. I got in, sat down carelessly and started to look for the address for where was going on my phone. And the website of the clinic i was going to was one of those that maybe don’t fit a phone so well. Anyway it took a long for me to get the address,” he disclosed through through one of his social media platforms.

He further cries foul of how the now impatient Racist taxi driver took him off the cab beating him ruthlessly for taking too long to retrieve the clinic’s address.

“So he gets out of the car and comes across to my side, and opens the door. I am clueless what is going on because he is beating me, my bag is on the ground, we scuffle but he is stronger, I am crying now. Loud. In front of my neighbors.”

Later on, Wainana took to his Facebook account to narrate the whole ordeal further disclosing that a fellow black lady had warned him of how the racist Germans had  killed 4 Ghanaians ruthlessly.

“….Berlin chronicles. Am in Berlin as one of the writers on a Daad Fellowship.. This is one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world. Berlin is a city of bikes. I live in Charlottenburg. You don’t see black people in Charlottenburg. Today I was out shopping on my bike. I came out of Peek and Somethingburg all excited because I am off to dar es salaam tonight to see my in -love.

Anyway am busy rushing about. My gorgeous apartment is a mess. Anyway, I am walking as carelessly as usual heading to unlock my bike when i see her – a black woman looking at me. She says, ” I saw you the other day, cycing carelessly, on Saturday we buried 4 Ghanaians.  They kill you just like that you are nothing to them. Me-you cant see me on bicycle – they are supposed to remain 4 metres from you, but they don’t. They kill you. I don’t need a degree to say she meant Germans. But I am careless,and Berlin is a city designed for careless people. Except her – and I suspect they are many others like her. Anyway, I left her carelessly and rushed home, put my new clothes on top of my suitcase – and called a cab.

I had finished my prescription medication the day before so I had called the cab company I like because they dont mind that i dont speak German and – since my stroke I have a few speech defects – I mangle 22..stuttgarter platz ..and they don’t mind. The cab was waiting. I got in, sat down carelessly and started to look for the address for where was going on my phone. And the website of the clinic i was going to was one of those that maybe dont fit a phone so well.

Any way it took a long to me to get the address. Clearly the taxi driver was not a patient guy. He asked me several times to hurry it, but si the meter is running, and i am paying him? So he gets out of the car and comes across to my side, and opens the door. I am clueless what is going on because he is beating me, my bag is on the ground , we scuffle but he is stronger, I am crying now. Loud. In front of my neighbors , it is fiveissh the lady at the shop who makes it a point never to say hello to me is relishing everything, nobody comes to my aid. I feel black, dirty. I feel as if this kind of thing is supposed to happen to somebody like me. Am in Zurich writing this, on my way to see myinlove.”(sic)

However,after taking to the social media to arrest his ordeal…seem his big name really got some big wigs on their knees as an apology letter followed suit.

The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program has noted with deep consternation, that its current guest, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, has been beaten by a taxi driver in Berlin. We strongly condemn this assault and feel ashamed that such a violent act could occur in our country. The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program stands for a culture of welcoming, for tolerance, international artistic dialogue and the absence of difference. We are all strangers encountering different cultures and bringing these together. This is the only way that a true dialogue can take place. The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program is in close contact with Binyavanga Wainaina and stands in this situation firmly by his side,” read the apology later.

Born on January 18,1971,Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina is a Kenyan author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. In April 2014, Time magazine included Wainaina in its annual TIME 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.

Some of his most popular books include How to Write about AfricaDiscovering Home and Beyond the RiverYei.

Binyavanga schooled at theUniversity of Transkeiand later in the University of East Anglia. Through his literature writings,he has won awards notably The Caine Prize for African Writing.

Despite being open about his gay sexuality, his bold self has also allowed him to constantly share with his fans about his health since he suffered his first stroke few years aback.

Binyavanga’s ordeal is a clear indications that black people residing in Germany live in fear -something that should be condemned and stopped with immediate effect. What if we did the same to all Germans living in  Kenya or Africa??? This makes me sic.

MUKAMI KANYI

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