Booklist | Looking for Transwonderland – WSJ.com

Like a memoir, the new book by Noo Saro-Wiwa reveals what drives Nigeria, the most populous African country:

For a country rich in both human and natural resources—one that has hugely underperformed its potential since independence from Britain in 1960—Nigeria in Ms. Saro-Wiwas account seems diffident, even haughty in its attitudes toward the rest of Africa and indeed the world. Ghana and Senegal have built thriving tourism industries, in part by marketing their past involvement in the Atlantic slave trade to tap into African-Americans ever-growing interest in that history. But for Nigerians, the author suggests, an industry serving foreigners is too far beneath them to be seriously pursued.

via Book Review: Looking for Transwonderland – WSJ.com.

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