"I was not sorry when my brother died. Nor am i apologizing for my callousness, as you may define it, my lack of feeling" - Tambudza in Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Such an arrogant and insensitive way to start off in any book, you may think. But this was not the only thing that drew me to be inspired by the phenomenal feminist writer, Tsitsi Dangarembga. As an aspiring writer myself, I draw my influences from my local Zimbabwean society, and especially from renowned Zimbabwean writers like Tsitsi, who have managed to embrace their African identity with their uncontested talents. Let me explain a bit more about my Super Woman.
In a society where sexism is still very much alive, it takes boldness and zest from outstanding feminist activist and veteran like Tsitsi to remind the African girl child, that it is OK to be herself, to be confident , independent and to be heard. She is a motivational force for young African females like myself, because unlike many others she has stood her ground and developed her talents not only for herself, but to help uplift those who suppress their true selves because of the society. Just as well, I'd forgotten to proudly mention that she also founded the International Images Film Festival for Women in Zimbabwe. And of course, even though having spent part of her childhood in England, she has stayed true to her rich African roots!
Finally, with all this been said, I can say that Tsitsi Dangarembga may not have the "Superwoman" logo intricately ingrained on her chest, but she is one of the visionaries and highly uplifting female figures behind our dreams as a young beautiful and independent African woman. Tsitsi Dangarembga, I do salute you!
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- Written by Rudo Maria Ruzengwa, Accounting graduate and ACCA student at Global training (University of Nicosia), Cyprus
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