Tsitsi Dangarembga apologizes to her fans for not bringing home the Booker Prize, and their responses were inspiring. Dangarembga and Ethiopia’s Maaza Mengiste were shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, one of literature’s most prestigious prizes.

The news of her nomination for This Mournable Body got the African literary community excited, especially as it came days before she was jailed for peacefully protesting corruption in the Zimbabwean government. Her fans in the African community were rooting for her, hoping her brilliant book would receive the highly coveted prize. But the prize went to Douglas Stuart for Shuggie Bain. 

Dangarembga’s response came soon after. She congratulated the winner and then followed with the tweet:

Here are some of the responses from her fans, readers, and fellow writers.