Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in Nigeria in 1976, and is the daughter of late human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed by the Nigerian military dictatorship in 1995.
Since her father’s death, Noo – having been raised in England – largely avoided visiting Nigeria in her adulthood. But in 2008 she decided to take a trip around the country of her birth. The journey resulted in a book, 'Looking for Transwonderland', which was published by Granta in January 2012.
'Looking for Transwonderland' was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, and nominated by The Financial Times as one of the best travel books of 2012. It won the Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year (2012), and was listed among The Guardian’s 10 Best Contemporary Books on Africa. It has also been shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2013.