tsitsi

I realize that creative women often do not fit easily into certain paradigms. I think to myself, Then where do they go? Where do they go? Because I feel that these women have so much to contribute; they just see things in a different way. Every society has people like that and marginalizes them in some way. – Tsitsi Dangarembga

Country: Zimbabwe

Why We Love Her:  Writer and playwright, Tsitsi Dangarembga released Nervous Conditions, her immensely successful novel at only 28 to widespread acclaim from readers and writers including Alice Walker and Doris Lessing. The book is prescribed reading for students in several countries and won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Africa). Although the story of Tambu and Nyasha two schoolgirls living in post-colonial Rhodesia is deceptively simple, the book deals with many complex issues around identity, gender inequality, what it means to come of age and book of notthe myths of progress. It is this that has made it a classic and helped spawn two more books, to form a trilogy about the girls’ lives against the backdrop of socio-political changes in Zimbabwe.

“Everything about her spoke of alternatives and possibilities that if considered too deeply would wreak havoc with the neat plan I had laid out for my life.”
― Tsitsi DangarembgaNervous Conditions

Tsitsi is a meticulous writer who spends years constructing her narratives but while her fans wait for her next book she has shown off her talents in the arena of film . She founded the International Images Festival for Women, now in its twelfth year, as a platform for diverse African stories and wrote the film Neria, which has become the highest grossing film in Zimbabwean history.

on stage“What I wanted was to get away. But the moon was too far beyond, and there were white bits under me, where the flesh was shredded off and the bone gleamed that famed ivory, and those below cowered and, if they were not quick enough, were spattered in blood. Then came the jolt, as of a fall, and I saw the leg was caught in an ungainly way in the smaller branches of a mutamba tree, the foot hooked, long like that infamous fruit.”
― Tsitsi DangarembgaThe Book of Not

 

 

 

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