Tsitsi Dangarembga to deliver Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture on Tuesday

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The Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation is proud to be hosting 2020 Booker Prize shortlisted author, filmmaker and activist, Tsitsi Dangarembga, who will be delivering the 7th annual Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture in commemoration of what would have been O.R.’s 103rd birthday, on Tuesday (October 27) at 6pm.

Dangarembga, who is the first black Zimbabwean woman to publish an English novel, has been in the centre of the African literary leadership space for decades. In July 2020, Dangarembga was arrested by Zimbabwean police for participating in a peaceful protest against corruption and maladministration in Zimbabwe.

As an activist and an author whose first novel, Nervous Conditions, was hailed as one of the top 100 books to have shaped the world by the BBC in 2018, Dangarembga is perfectly positioned to give us an in-depth analysis of post-Mugabe Zimbabwe.

Central to speaking out on issues surrounding good governance, women’s rights and inequality in Zimbabwe, Dangarembga, who has also made 21 films, has been documenting the lives of her people for decades.

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Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga holds a placard during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road, on July 31, 2020 in Harare.

The Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture, now in its seventh year, is the foundation’s flagship event and has been delivered by former president Thabo Mbeki, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, to mention but a few.

The Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation is a public benefit organisation established in 2010 to promote, protect and preserve the legacies of our honourees by undertaking education-focused, community-upliftment initiatives.

Dangarembga will deliver this year’s lecture on the Post-crisis Crisis: After Uhuru, and the event will be facilitated by foundation CEO, Zengeziwe Msimang, and live-streamed on the foundation’s YouTube page:

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