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Saro-Wiwa is a sharp and insightful guide, giving readers an intimate look at the varied regions that comprise this .
Saro-Wiwa is a sharp and insightful guide, giving readers an intimate look at the varied regions that comprise this fascinating country. The author allows her love-hate relationship with Nigeria to flavor this thoughtful travel journal, lending it irony, wit and frankness. In doing so, she is faced with a variety of every day problems with which the vast majority of Nigerians have to cope with.
Noo (pronounced Gnaw) Saro-Wiwa is an adventurous soul Saro-Wiwa's journey begins at Gatwick, with a cancelled flight and the usual mayhem associated with Nigerians abroad.
Noo (pronounced Gnaw) Saro-Wiwa is an adventurous soul. She spent most of the four months she was in Nigeria for this book either travelling in the fabled "flying coffins", the craft of African airlines, or holed up in one or other of the country's notoriously shabby hotels, usually without electricity or running water. Saro-Wiwa's journey begins at Gatwick, with a cancelled flight and the usual mayhem associated with Nigerians abroad. She is suitably embarrassed as she watches "our national image sink further in the eyes of the world" for which she blames decades of corruption that "have made us deeply suspicious of authority".
Noo Saro-Wiwa's sharply observed Nigerian travelogue reveals another side to the African giant, says Ian Birrell
Noo Saro-Wiwa's sharply observed Nigerian travelogue reveals another side to the African giant, says Ian Birrell. Looking for Transwonderland is unlikely to persuade many people to brave the infamous scrums at Lagos airport, filled as it is with anecdotes of hotel chefs who refuse to cook, terrifying traffic ordeals and casual indifference to cultural heirlooms.
Now she has gone back and written a book about i. Ms Saro-Wiwa recently visited BBC Africa's studios in London and told our presenter Bola Mosuro what made her change her mind and what she discovered during her trip. For more African news from the BBC download the Africa Today podcast.
Looking for Transwonderland book. The book succeeds in conveying just how diverse Nigeria is in every sense
Looking for Transwonderland book. The book succeeds in conveying just how diverse Nigeria is in every sense. Saro-Wiwa, born in Nigeria but mainly raised and resident in the UK, is constantly identified as a foreigner, but this seems extraordinarily perceptive of those she meets, considering the plethora of ethnic and linguistic identities cohabiting the clearly artificially bounded state. Even more striking to me is the contrast between the characters of the various cities she visits and attendant disparities in lifestyle.
Noo Saro-Wiwa’s double advantage is to understand personally the mindset of Nigerians as a distinct ethnicity while reporting back to us as an acculturated Westerner, our far-flung correspondent. As the daughter of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Nigerian environmental activist who was murdered in 1995, she was educated in England and taken back, against her will, to Nigeria every summer by her parents to remind her of her roots
Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England but spent her childhood . A mediocre travel book. Saro-Wiwa is too often unwilling to engage with other people along the way.
Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England but spent her childhood summers in Nigeria - a country she considered an unglamorous parallel universe, devoid of all creature comforts. After her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was murdered there in 1995, Noo rarely returned to the land of her birth. Looking for Transwonderland is the first major non-fiction narrative of modern Nigeria; an engaging portrait of a country whose beauty and variety few of us will experience, depicted with wit and insight by a refreshing new voice in contemporary travel writing.
NOO SARO-WIWA was born in Nigeria in 1976 and raised in England. She attended King's College London and Columbia University in New York and has written travel guides for Rough Guide and Lonely Planet. She currently lives in London. Country of Publication. The World, Ideas, Culture": General Interest.
Saro-Wiwa travels from the exuberant chaos of Lagos to the calm beauty of the eastern mountains; from the eccentricity of a Nigerian dog show to the decrepit kitsch of the Transwonderland Amusement Park. She explores Nigerian Christianity, delves into the country’s history of slavery, examines the corrupting effect of oil, and ponders the huge success of Nollywood.
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