” Zimbabweans, I’ve come to believe, we are very passive-aggressive people. We don’t like conflict, we don’t like confrontation, so we find all sorts of ways of avoiding that conflict and confrontation. We are not allowed to talk about bad things that go on in families. “


” There are some people who are happy to be African writers. They are pan-Africanists. I’m not a pan-Africanist. I think African countries have a lot in common. But we are also very different. “


” The painful truth may be that Zimbabwe, the youngest of Africa’s former colonies, has simply followed where the continent has led, treading the well-worn path beaten out of the lie that taking power from the colonialists and delivering democracy to the people are one and the same. “


” I always say to people that Zimbabweans are the funniest people in Africa, we even laugh at funerals. And it’s true. I mean, there are so many jokes about funerals. There are so many jokes about AIDS. We find ways of coping with pain by laughing at it and by laughing at ourselves. “


” People always ask me how I manage to find humor in so much bleakness. I think this is almost a necessary skill to have. “



All 5 Petina Gappah Quotes about People in picture


Zimbabweans, I
There are some people who are happy to be African writers. They are pan-Africanists. I


The painful truth may be that Zimbabwe, the youngest of Africa
I always say to people that Zimbabweans are the funniest people in Africa, we even laugh at funerals. And it
People always ask me how I manage to find humor in so much bleakness. I think this is almost a necessary skill to have.
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