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Having travelled fairly extensively in West Africa, Noo Saro Wiwa's journey across the country in which she was born was an interesting trip down memory lane for me. It's definitely not a holiday guide, and it's unlikely to persuade many people to try out the Nigerian hospitality, but it was a humorous, incredibly insightful look at a country that few outside have any idea about.
The telling is affectionate, and the author makes a journey inside herself as well, from her own preconceptions based on her teenage experiences, including the murder of her father under the military regime in 1995, to a new love and appreciation for what the country has to offer in a relatively young democracy.
If you enjoyed 'Blood River' by Tim Butcher, about his travels in the Congo, I think you'll enjoy this too, both books look into the beauty and humour of the people and the landscape, while noting the missed opportunities of these frail countries' infrastructure and hopes for a more positive future. Adjoa Andoh does a great job narrating a very difficult cast, bringing the colour that you'd expect to this story of a glittering, fallible country.
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Nice travel writing. Read almost autobiographical, lovely work by the reader.. I'm convinced to look for other work by Ms. Saro-Wiwa now. Good stuff.