Total formula for victory of the hardships of life
Ibadan. Under the light of the fading stars
Abuja. In the chop house
Spiderman, rock stars and gigolos
Kano. Straddling modernity's kofar
Nguru and Yankari. What are those stupid animals?
Jos. Hidden legacies
Maiduguri and Sukur. Kingdom of heaven
Calabar. Masquerade mischief
Cross River State. Spoiling nature's spoils
Benin. Behind the mask
Port Harcourt. Tending the backyard
Lagos. Truth and reconciliation
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.-- Publisher's website.