December Issue 2014

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That was definitely a huge secret I carried around for a long time. My father thought I was studying law. I remember having to lie to my family about why I was taking so long to graduate. They kept on asking when I would start working and start sending them money but I just kept telling them that I was finishing soon.

your thoughts on such labels? We live in a world where we cannot escape some of these labels. We have all sorts of labels and African writer is a label I embrace because it’s true, I am African and that doesn’t take away anything from me as a writer. I’m comfortable with my Africanness and when I write about my country, I’m writing about my Zimbabwe and I like that my Zimbabwe is mine to own.

I even got to a point where I made the tough decision not send them any money when I As for being labeled a woman writer, I‘m okay started working because I had to pay for my with that. I am a woman tuition. It’s a sacrifice I I’m comfortable with my Africanness and who writes women's had to make . Of when I write about my country, I’m writing stories. It comes course I would have naturally to me because about my Zimbabwe and I like that my loved to tell them the I relate to some of their Zimbabwe is mine to own. truth from the stories and I feel it’s my beginning but my responsibility to tell them. I don’t cease to be a father is so old school I couldn’t ask him to writer because I’m called a woman writer or understand why I wanted to write. I’m just glad African writer for that matter. all that is out of the way now.

Did you always want to be a writer? Actually I didn’t think much about being a writer, all I know is that I liked writing and when I started writing I didn’t know that it would turn into a career. I wrote because I enjoyed it. In a way writing for the sake of it protected me from writing for other reasons like money or fame or whatever. I’m glad that I was unaware of all that and that helped me to find myself on my own terms without the pressure of making it as a writer.

There’s a lot of characterization of writers who as ‘African Writers’ and if they are women they are ‘women writers’. What are

What are your thoughts on the progress of African literature? I think we are doing quite well. I love how there’s so much talent especially in the young people. I also like that we are investing in our young writers. Many are coming through to tell their stories and I’m at peace knowing that our stories will always be told.

So, what next for NoViolet? Ha! NoViolet doesn’t tell what she is cooking! I like surprising people so you’ll just have to wait and see. (laughs).[]