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Well done Tsitsi Dangarembga

It has been a tough 2020 for many Zimbabweans, who have had to contend with a harsh economy, human rights abuses and arbitrary arrests.
And to compound the troubles – along came a ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
Through the commitment of such people as Tsitsi Dangarembga, to the upholding of universal human rights and the civil liberties of persecuted countrymen and women, many see a glimmer of hope.
She has even found herself behind bars for that commitment. Yet, even the harsh conditions of Zimbabwe’s police cells would not dampen her fighting spirit.
Today the nation smiles as Dangarembga’s name is mentioned alongside the world’s most influential, helping to raise the Zimbabwean flag high.
By being named among the 2020 Most Influential People by New African Magazine – Dangarembga has shown that an indomitable spirit cannot be killed.
The magazine appreciates and observes the works of all people of African descent all over the world, who are making the continent a better place through achievements in their various professions.
We acknowledge that to get there has been a long journey, part of which being Dangarembga’s illustrious career which saw her interact with several personalities throughout the world.
Come 2020, the Covid-19 scourge hit the world a deafening blow that saw major economies being affected and travel restrictions being effected globally.
This probably disturbed her line of work but she remained resolute, advocating for the recognition of human rights and gender issues.
Dangarembga’s arrest for carrying a placard during the lockdown did not deter her in any way from doing what she knows best, advocacy.
Through her influential literary, human and women’s rights activism work, she is now rubbing shoulders with some of the continent’s most successful entrepreneurs.
On the list she stands tall alongside the likes of Afua Hirsch, Aisha Yesufu, Burna Boy, Elon Musk, John Boyega, Larry Madowo, Michaela Coel, Sadio Mane, Strive Masiyiwa, Tidjane Thiam, Vanessa Nakate, Vera Songwe and William Kentridge among others.
Despite this honour, she has received several accolades in the past, which shows her outstanding personality.
In October this year, her latest novel, This Mournable Body, made the Booker Prize shortlist.
In 2018, her debut novel Nervous Conditions was named one of the top 100 books that have shaped the world by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Even the strongest currents of resistance cannot deter her progress. All we can do is look on with our hands ready to applaud yet another conquest, glory and honour. Nhau/Indaba

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