Two Zimbabwean writers among the eight Windham-Campbell Prize winners for 2022.
Mike Kelleher, Director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes, announced the winners on the 29th of March, “Across ten extraordinary years, the Windham-Campbell Prizes have celebrated exceptional literary achievement and nurtured great talent by giving the precious gifts of time, space and creative freedom. We are proud to mark our 10th anniversary with the most exciting list of recipients yet. Led by a trailblazing group of global women’s voices, these writers’ ambitious, skilful, and moving work bridges the distance between the history of nations and a deeply personal sense of self.”
Tsitsi Dangarembga is a multi-award winning Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, activist and filmmaker. Her debut novel, Nervous Conditions, which was the first to be published in English by a Black woman from Zimbabwe, was named by the BBC in 2018 as one of the top 100 books that have shaped the world.
Tsitsi stated, “I have been waiting for this all my life, not always believing but constantly hoping. This award gives me space to dream.”
The writers of African descent were a majority this year with six of the eight making the list. These are:
- Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) – fiction
- Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (Zimbabwe) – fiction
- Margo Jefferson (United States) – nonfiction
- Emmanuel Iduma (Nigeria) – nonfiction
- Winsome Pinnock (United Kingdom) – drama
- Sharon Bridgforth (United States) – drama