Tsitsi Dangarembga named among Prime Ministers and Billionaires as 25 Most Influential Women of 2022

Zimbabwean novelist and playwright Tsitsi Dangarembga is named among the 25 Most Influential Women of 2022 by Financial Times - a British daily newspaper that focuses on business and economic current affairs. Based in London, England.

Tsitsi Dangarembga Among 25 Most Influential Women of 2022

Below is what Financial Times had to say about Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Novelist, playwright and human rights activist Tsitsi Dangarembga is a brave and inspiring voice in literature. She is the author of the first book by a black Zimbabwean woman to be published in English and her latest novel, This Mournable Body, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2020. Her writing embodies an unflinching examination of difficult issues, including the impact of colonialism and patriarchy. A writer working at the intersection of gender, race, colonialism and class, she is not only drawn to stories but also silences. This year, Dangarembga was given a suspended jail sentence for taking part in a peaceful protest in Harare demanding political reform.

In her powerful new collection of essays, Black and Female, she says, “I am an existential refugee. I have been in flight since I left the womb.” She is also a fighter. With her words, she turns pain into resilience, anger into power and injustice into a fight for dignity, equality and freedom. Coming from Turkey, this struggle resonates with me. Zimbabwe should be proud of having a writer like her.

The list comprises the most powerful women in the world like Ketanji Brown Jackson, who became the first Black woman to ascend to the Supreme court in the US after more than 230 years since it was established. Francia Elena Márquez Mina - the Vice-President of Colombia, Mia Mottley - the Prime minister of Barbados, Tennis player Serena Williams and Meghan Markle - a British royal family member.

Check out the entire list here.

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Mungwadzi Godwin

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