Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

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Granta Publications, Jan 5, 2012 - Travel - 320 pages
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Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria - a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality. Then her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was murdered there, and she didn't return for 10 years. Recently, she decided to rediscover and come to terms with the country her father loved. She travelled from the exuberant chaos of Lagos to the calm beauty of the eastern mountains; from the eccentricity of a Nigerian dog show to the empty Transwonderland Amusement Park - Nigeria's decrepit and deserted answer to Disneyland. She explored Nigerian christianity, delved into its history of slavery, examined the corrupting effect of oil, investigated Nollywood. She found the country as exasperating as ever, and frequently despaired at the corruption and inefficiency she encountered. But she also discovered that it was far more beautiful and varied than she had ever imagined, and was seduced by its thick tropical rainforest and ancient palaces and monuments. Most engagingly of all she introduces us to the people she meets, and gives us hilarious insights into the Nigerian character, its passion, wit and ingenuity.

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User Review  - Oberon - LibraryThing

The book is a travelogue set in modern Nigeria. However, what sets this apart from other accounts is Saro-Wiwa’s personal history with Nigeria. Saro-Wiwa was born in Nigeria but spent much of her life ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan Swanson - Goodreads

A mixture of a travel book and a memoir. There were some very memorable scenes and vivid characters, but it did jump around quite frequently. At the end of some chapters you just felt dropped and then on to the next locale. But overall a good read. Read full review

About the author (2012)

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.

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