- Lessing was important for Zimbabwe's liberation, says Cont Mhlanga, leader of the Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo, in Dagens Nyheter 2007-10-12. He points out that she contributed to changing the world opinion for Africa.
Doris Lessing was born in 1919 in Kermanshah, Iran and grew up in the then South Rhodesia. She left Africa in 1949 and settled in London, where she published her first novel. Many of Lessing's novels take place in Africa.