Tsitsi Dangarembga grew up and was educated in England and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
She entered Cambridge University in 1977 but in 1980, disillusioned by the elititsm she encountered,
she returned to Zimbabwe, which was about to declare its independence. Dangarembga became increasingly
aware of the difficult conditions and oppressive attitudes endured by black women in Zimbabwe.
Nervous Conditions, her first novel, is in part an attempt to convey the perspective of
these women and to give voice to their experience.