Support ailing gay Kenyan author, but beware of scams

Some advice on how to help an ailing gay Kenyan author and scams to be aware of,


Binyavanga Wainaina (Photo courtesy of Binyavanga Wainaina (Photo courtesy of

Popular Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina, recently hospitalized after suffering a stroke, needs help paying his medical bills.

His friends and fans have launched fundraising appeals to provide him with financial assistance, but some scam artists apparently have taken advantage of the situation to launch fraudulent fund drives.

Shortly after news of Wainaina’s hospitalization spread, the Rev. Jide Macauley, an Anglo-Nigerian activist, recalls:

“I received several online requests to make a donation to pay off his hospital bill. … I have checked in with a mutual and very close friend who informed me that there are now numerous scammers (as far Kenya and Nigeria) using the situation to extort money around the world. Binyavanga is well known and therefore the shock of his hospitalisation will induce compassion to help.”

Wainaina, 44, who came out as gay early last year, suffered a stroke on Oct…

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