Nervous Conditions

by

Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Tambu's cousin. He's several years older, very handsome, and kind. However, like Nyasha, Chido is also a "hybrid," given that he spent five years as a child in England while Babamukuru studied. This is one of the reasons he's so successful in the present; his head start in England helps him earn admission to a prestigious school in Salisbury. His hybrid identity also means that he's willing to stand up to Babamukuru when he beats Nyasha for being promiscuous, though he knows enough about local traditions to understand that, in Babamukuru's eyes, Nyasha is behaving horrendously. Mainini hears at the end of the novel that Chido is romantically involved with a white girl, which reinforces her belief that "Englishness" is going to kill everyone in Babamukuru's family.

Chido Quotes in Nervous Conditions

The Nervous Conditions quotes below are all either spoken by Chido or refer to Chido. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Lynne Rienner Publishers edition of Nervous Conditions published in 2004.
Chapter Three Quotes

Whereas before I had believed with childish confidence that burdens were only burdens in so far as you chose to bear them, now I began to see that the disappointing events surrounding Babamukuru's return were serious consequences of the same general laws that had almost brought my education to an abrupt, predictable end.

Related Characters: Tambu (speaker), Babamukuru, Nyasha, Nhamo, Chido
Related Symbols: England
Page Number: 38
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter Five Quotes

"Maybe that would have been best. For them at least, because now they're stuck with hybrids for children. And they don't like it. They don't like it at all. It offends them. They think we do it on purpose, so it offends them."

Related Characters: Nyasha (speaker), Tambu, Babamukuru, Maiguru, Chido
Related Symbols: England
Page Number: 79
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter Six Quotes

Nor surprisingly, since Whites were indulgent towards promising young black boys in those days, provided that the promise was a peaceful promise, a grateful promise to accept whatever was handed out to them and not to expect more, Chido was offered a place at the school and a scholarship to go with it.

Related Characters: Tambu (speaker), Chido
Page Number: 108
Explanation and Analysis:
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Chido Character Timeline in Nervous Conditions

The timeline below shows where the character Chido appears in Nervous Conditions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
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...offered Maiguru a scholarship to study as well. Eventually, they decided to go and take Chido and Nyasha with them for five years. Jeremiah worried about having to provide for himself,... (full context)
Chapter Three
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...Tambu turns away, disgusted by Nyasha's inappropriate dress. She can't pinpoint why she also dislikes Chido, but she dislikes Nhamo when he takes the cousins for himself to speak to in... (full context)
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...ruined because she wasn't allowed to go to the airport and resume her relationship with Chido and Nyasha. She feels as though this is what Mainini was talking about when she... (full context)
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...smile in solidarity. Tambu finds it insulting and ignores her. She's even more upset when Chido, Nhamo, and Nyasha wash—she believes they should be eating in the kitchen with the women. (full context)
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...teen, she invites Nyasha to dance. When Nyasha looks confused, Maiguru explains that Nyasha and Chido no longer understand Shona well. (full context)
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...the Shona language. She remembers all the fun she used to have with Nyasha and Chido and feels they've turned into strangers. Suddenly sad, Tambu implores Maiguru to ask them to... (full context)
Chapter Four
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...surprised at this enthusiasm and listens to Nyasha talk about the cake she's baking for Chido. As she does, Tambu inspects the kitchen. (full context)
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Maiguru gives a little laugh and says that Chido and Nyasha are too anglicized and are struggling to learn how to act at home.... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...returned from England. Tambu, speaking in Shona, says she was just disappointed that Nyasha and Chido only spoke to Nhamo. Shyly, Nyasha admits that she was frightened, as she'd forgotten what... (full context)
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Morosely, Nyasha says that she and Chido shouldn't have gone to England, as Babamukuru and Maiguru are now "stuck with hybrids for... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...that "life" would come with consequences. Fortunately for her, Babamukuru can barely afford to send Chido, so sending her is out of the question. Tambu secretly wants to go to a... (full context)
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Chido goes to school with Nyaradzo's brothers. Nyaradzo's father arranged for Chido to take the entrance... (full context)
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...accompany his family to the homestead. This means that she'll get to spend time with Chido, who is handsome and kind. By the time Chido arrives home from school, Nyasha is... (full context)
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Chido, Tambu, and Nyasha giggle all the way to the school hall. Tambu isn't excited for... (full context)
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Chido and Tambu wait for Nyasha for a while before slowly walking down the drive. Chido... (full context)
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...dangerous. She wakes up Maiguru and when they return to the bedroom door, they find Chido there as well. He whispers that Nyasha is a fool for standing up to Babamukuru. (full context)
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...insists that because she doesn't worry about her behavior, he doesn't need to worry either. Chido tries to step in, but Babamukuru accuses him of letting Nyasha act like a whore.... (full context)
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...her and banging her head into the floor, while Nyasha screams and fights. Maiguru and Chido try to pull Babamukuru off of Nyasha, but he insists he'll kill Nyasha and then... (full context)
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Chido joins the girls and calls them back inside. He puts out Nyasha's cigarette and begs... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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On December 23, Babamukuru, Maiguru, Nyasha, and Tambu go to the homestead for Christmas. Chido gets out of going. Nyasha pouts about having to go, which makes Tambu fear another... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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Babamukuru does his best to pretend that nothing is wrong. On Thursday, Chido calls with news that Maiguru is at her brother's home. Nyasha is upset that Maiguru... (full context)