Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Tsitsi Dangarembga
Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Born (1959-02-04) February 4, 1959 (age 61)
  • Novelist
  • Film maker
Known forWon the African Section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1989
Notable workNervous Conditions

Tsitsi Dangarembga is an award-winning one of the most accomplished writer, film producer from Zimbabwe. She is mostly known for her award -winning book Nervous Conditions and writing the story of the popular movie Neria.


Tsitsi was born Mutoko on February 4, 1959.[1] She spent her early life in the United Kingdom before moving back to Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia.[2]


She completed part of her education in Mutare at Hartzell Secondary School.[2] She also ventured into film before moving to Berlin where she studied at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie. Tsitsi also studied medicine at the University of Cambridge before moving back to Zimbabwe where she studied psychology at the University of Zimbabwe as well as drama with a drama group affiliated with the University


The first book written by Dangarembga was titled "The Letter" which she published in 1985. She also released a played called "She no longer weeps" but her break came in 1988 when she published " Nervous Conditions" which was published in 1988 and went on to propel her to international acclaim. Tsitsi also produced the movie "Everyone's Child" being one of her most celebrated.[2] It was also the first feature film to be directed by a black Zimbabwean woman. Following up on the success of Nervous Conditions, she went on to publish a sequel to the novel in 2006, titled "Book of Not". The book went on to become a trilogy with the publication of "Chronicle of an Indomitable Daughter in 2013.[2]


  • The Letter: 1985
  • She No Longer Weeps: 1987
  • Nervous Conditions: 1988
  • The Book of Not (Sequel to Nervous Conditions): 2006
  • Chronicle of an Indomitable Daughter (Trilogy to Nervous Conditions): 2013

Films Directed

Awards & Achievements

  • African Section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1989
  • In May 2018, Dangarembga's book, Nervous Conditions, was named one of the "The 100 stories that shaped the world" by BBC. The book was a number 66.[3]


Nervous Conditions was the first novel to be published in English by a black Zimbabwean woman.[2]


  1. Barbara Fister Third World Women's Literatures: A Dictionary and Guide to Materials in English, Greenwood, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 14, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Tsitsi Dangarembga Biography of Tsitsi Dangarembga, GradeSaver, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 14, 2015
  3. The 100 stories that shaped the world, BBC, Published: 22 May 2018, Retrieved: 23 May 2018