One Day I Will Write About This Place - Chapters 3, 4 and 5 Summary & Analysis

Binyavanga Wainaina
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Summary

In Chapter 3, Wainaina’s father picks him up at school on the day his baby sister, Chiqy, is born. Wainaina describes the way children are named in his family.

There is no school during the time of mourning for the death of Kenyatta, whom Wainaina calls the father of Kenya. He describes a feeling of fear. As he is watching television he is tired of seeing the image of Kenyatta’s body. He has an erection and ejaculation while sitting on the couch.

He and his sister later listen to a delegation from the Nyanza Province as they play traditional instruments in honor of the death of Kenyatta. The name of the instrument “nyatiti” makes them laugh. Wainaina describes the sounds he hears as being gibberish. He comes up with a secret new word “kimay” (25) and describes how his body works to pronounce...

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