Noo Saro-Wiwa

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Noo Saro-Wiwa is a British/Nigerian author, noted for her travel writing.


Saro-Wiwa grew up in Surrey, England, and attended Roedean School, King's College London and Columbia University, New York.


Saro-Wiwa's first book was Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta Books, 2012).[1] Ir was nominated for the Dolman Best Travel Book Award,[2] and was named the Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year in 2012. It was selected as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in 2012, and was nominated by the Financial Times as one of the best travel books of 2012. The Guardian newspaper also included it among its 10 Best Contemporary Books on Africa in 2012. It has been translated into French and Italian. In 2016 it won the Albatros Travel Literature Prize in Italy.

She was awarded the Miles Morland Scholarship for non-fiction writing in 2015.

In 2016, she contributed to the anthology An Unreliable Guide to London (Influx Press), as well as a A Country of Refuge (Unbound), an anthology of writing on asylum seekers. Another of her stories also featured in La Felicità Degli Uomini Semplici (66th and 2nd), an Italian-language anthology based around football.

She has contributed book reviews, travel, analysis and opinion articles for The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement, City AM, La Repubblica and Prospect.

She was a judge for the 2018 Jhalak Prize for Book of, the Year by a Writer of Colour.

Condé Nast Traveller magazine named Saro-Wiwa as one of the "30 Most Influential Female Travellers" in 2018.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Saro-Wiwa is the daughter of the Nigerian poet and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.


  • Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta Books, 2012).

Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ Noo Saro-Wiwa (5 January 2012). Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria. Granta Publications. ISBN 978-1-84708-552-8.
  2. ^ "2013 winner". Archived from the original on 25 December 2014.
  3. ^ Michelle Jana Chan, "The World's Most Influential Women Travellers", Condé Nast Traveller, 19 December 2018.

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