Tsitsi Dangarembga was born in 1959 in Mutoko in what was then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. As a child she spent some time in Britain but returned to Rhodesia and then finished her studies at Cambridge University, where she studied medicine. However, after finishing her studies she returned to Rhodesia just before independence and then studied psychology at the University of Harare. At University she became involved in the drama and wrote many plays for the group. She also started writing in prose, publishing a short story in Sweden before writing her only novel, Nervous Condition. She subsequently studied film in Germany at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin and went on to make the film Everyone’s Child about AIDS in Africa.
1985 The Letter
1987 She No Longer Sleeps
1988 Nervous Condition
2006 The Book of Not: A Sequel to Nervous Condition
2010 The Popular Arts and Culture in The Texture of the Public Sphere in Africa
2018 This Mournable Body
2022 Black and Female (essay)