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- Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
- Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 09-10-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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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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By Sara on 11-28-12
Intriguing return to the motherland
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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By Tola on 05-14-15
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.