Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina, a Kenyan writer, won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. He is the founding editor of Kwani?, a leading African literary magazine based in Kenya. He has written for The East African, National Geographic, Tin House, Vanity Fair, Granta, the New York Times and The Guardian (UK). Wainaina is currently the Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. His memoir, I Will One Day Write About this Place, will be released by Graywolf Press in 2010.

Binyavanga Wainaina will travel to Touba

“Touba is a tree in the center of paradise”

Sheik Ahmadou Bamba searched and found this place where he wanted to build, not a palace, but the largest mosque to the glory of God in the land of the blacks, Sudan. In 1924, he bought from the imperialist occupant of that era, 400 hectares of mbaafar forest between the ancient Jolof, Bawool, Kajoor, Saalum kingdoms. So in other words, this was a place that could be claimed by anyone!

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