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Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga is pictured at the Frankfurt book fair in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on October 12, 2018.

Tsitsi Dangarembga Receives 2021 PEN Freedom of Expression Award

Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga has been announced as the recipient of the PEN Freedom of Expression Award which recognises her ongoing activism in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean author, Tsitsi Dangarembga, will reportedly be conferred with the 2021 PEN Freedom of Expression award. This follows Dangarembga's political activism during Zimbabwe's protests last year against the government's crackdown on dissent. According to Writers Unlimited, the award will be conferred in the opening ceremony of the Winternachten International Literature Festival at The Hague this coming Wednesday.


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The PEN Freedom of Expression award "honours writers who have been persecuted for their work and continue to work despite the consequences". According to Brittle Paper, Dangarembga will be honoured for her participation in the 2020 Zimbabwe's protests against the unlawful incarceration of journalist, Hopewell Chino'ono. The protests spurred a social media movement under the online banner of #ZimbabweanLivesMatter which garnered international attention. Dangaremba was arrested by Zimbabwean authorities and later released on bail.

Dangarembga is known for her seminal 1988 novel, Nervous Conditions, centred on beloved female protagonist Tambudzai. The popular book explores the personal developments of Zimbabwean characters as they transition across economic classes through the eyes of female protagonist. The Book of Not, published in 2006, carried on the narrative of Tambudzai and was followed by This Mournable Body in 2018. This Mournable Body stood out as it foregrounds the disheartening political landscape of Zimbabwe and was subsequently shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2020.

A self-proclaimed gender and cultural activist, Danagarembga's career record shows that she has consistently spoken out against political injustice. Last year's winner was Uganda's Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a writer, academic and feminist activist. Nyanzi was reportedly arrested on the order of President Yoweri Museveni for "cyber harassment" after calling out Museveni's questionable leadership.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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