J Nozipo Mararire

Zimbabwean writer

J. Nozipo Maraire (born 1964) is a Zimbabwean doctor, entrepreneur and writer. She is the author of Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter. The novel was published in 1996, was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year" and a Boston Globe best-seller.[[1]] It has been published and translated into more than 14 languages.https://www.herald.co.zw/know-your-author-nozipo-j-maraire/


  • African women especially young ones have been silent foe so long. We are the discussed,the studied,the analysed and the written about. And I am so privileged to have been able to raise my voice and speak for what we felt and cried and yearned.
  • I saw the world as vast and magical with so many cultures and people. It opened me up and made me very adaptable to change. It also meant that I was not afraid to be in strange places, to experience and to learn.
  • Racism is a phenomenal thing; it is like a thick mist that obscures the vision and judgment of even great minds.
    • Zenzele. A letter for my daughter [1996]p.85 ISBN: 2-226-08566-1
  • Until the lion learns to write tales of hunting, we'll always glorify the hunter
    • Zenzele. A letter for my daughter [1996]p.78 ISBN: 2-226-08566-1

Quotes about her


"Maraire, J. Nozipo Biography", Postcolonial Studies @ Emory.