Nigeria Nonfiction

Ken Saro Wiwa daughter Noo is a travel writer

Noo Saro Wiwa Photo by Chris Boland /
Noo Saro Wiwa Photo by Chris Boland /

Ken Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. He died at the hands of some very bad men running the government of Nigeria in 1995 when he was led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the Royal Dutch Shell company. It was not Nigeria’s finest moment.

Noo Saro Wiwa the daughter of Ken Saro Wiwa has taken her dad’s mantle; as a writer. Brought up in England, she would be dragged back to Nigeria every summer to a country where she had to give up her creature comforts like regular running water and electricity. For the city folks who used to be dragged to shags aka the village all the time you know what she was going through.

After her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was killed there, she didn’t return for several years. Recently, she decided to come to terms with the country her father given his life for and has written the Granta Books published Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria. Its Amazon page describes the book thus;

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.”

A book about Nigeria and the options for travel there. Looks good. The folks at Good Reads give it a 3.76 rating out of 5 which means that I want to check it out. I assume you do too.

By James Murua

This blog is run by James Murua a Nairobi, Kenya based lover of books.

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