Tsitsi Dangarembga was born in Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe in 1959. She lived in England from age two through age six. She then returned to Rhodesia and finished her schooling in a missionary school there. She returned to England to pursue a degree in medicine at Cambridge University but homesickness soon drove her back to Africa. She continued her education in Africa studying first psychology and eventually film production and direction. Nervous Conditions is Dangarembga's first novel. She has also written a play entitled She No Longer Weeps.