Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga received the 2021 German Book Trade Peace Prize, reports the Washington Post.
Since the inception of the prestigious award in 1950, Dangarembga has become the first black woman to win the award. The award is accompanied by fees of $ 29,100.
Dangarembga called for a “new Enlightenment”, arguing that seismic change is needed to dismantle the structures of racial oppression that perpetuate violence in his home country and across the world.
“What we can envision is to change our thought patterns word by word, consciously and systematically over time, and to persevere until results are visible in the way we do things and in the ways we do things. results of our actions, ”she said in St. Paul’s Sunday. Church in Frankfurt, Germany.
“These types of violence are structured in the world order we live in and have their roots in the structures of a Western empire that began to form over half a millennium ago,” he said. she adds.
Some of Dangarembg’s best-known works include the best-selling novel, Nervous disorders and its sequel, This lamentable body. When the award was announced earlier this year, the committee said she was “not only one of her country’s most important artists, but also a widely audible voice of Africa in contemporary literature. “.
Auma Obama, sociologist, activist, half-sister of former President Barack Obama, presented Dangarembga. She said the writer and filmmaker had fought “through thick and thin” and “with all possible means” for “the voiceless and for freedom of expression” in Zimbabwe.
“You presented a differentiated image of the African continent to the world,” Obama added.