About the Author
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Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in England. She attended King's College London and Columbia University in New York.
Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta, 2012) is her first book. Noo has previously written travel guides for Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. She is currently based in the UK.
(Excerpted from the author's website)
Teacher Toolkit for Looking for Transwonderland
Welcome to Primary Source’s teacher toolkit for Noo Saro-Wiwa’s travel memoir Looking for Transwonderland. We hope the materials here will enrich your reading of the text and provide ideas for using it in your classroom. Our toolkit includes a multimedia tour that traces Saro-Wiwa’s journey through Nigeria (Transwonderland Tour); a selection of online resources for teaching about themes in the text (Teaching Connections); a collection of recommended resources for teaching and learning about Nigeria (Nigeria Resources); and a selection of other travelogues and memoirs from West Africa and around the world, along with works about travel writing (Travelogues & Memoirs). Click the tabs above to navigate through the toolkit.
Global Read 2015 Webinar
Watch a recording of the Primary Source 2015 Global Read webinar with author Noo Saro-Wiwa speaking about her travel memoir Looking for Transwonderland and Nigeria scholar Darren Kew of UMass Boston discussing trends and events in modern Nigeria.
Interview with Noo Saro-Wiwa
November 2015 audio interview, from the Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive at Maynooth University (Kildare, Ireland).
Festivaletteratura 2015 Interview
About the Book
Looking for Transwonderland takes us on an adventure- and irony-filled tour of modern Nigeria through the observant eyes of Noo Saro-Wiwa. Her journey is not only geographical and cultural, but also personal: it tracks her coming to terms, after 15 years, with the country that executed her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. As Noo travels to different regions, she reflects with wit and feeling on subjects ranging from history to holidays, religion to roads, and the environment to ethnicity - all while sharing the perspectives of people she meets along the way. The book is appropriate for high-school students and anyone interested in life today in Africa's most populous country.
About Scholar Darren Kew
Darren Kew is Associate Professor in the UMass Boston Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance as well as Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at UMass Boston. He studies the connection between democratic institution building in Africa and the development of political cultures that support democracy.
More about Darren Kew.