Noo Saro-Wiwa is a Nigerian travel writer who lives between London and Africa. Her début work Looking for Transwonderland (published in 2012) is a travel book praised by critics as an affectionate yet irreverent guide to Nigeria. Sparked with humour, “Looking for Transwonderland” is also a moving and tentative attempt by the author to come to terms with her homeland and the death of her father, Ken Saro-Wiwa, the famous Ogoni activist hanged by Nigeria’s military junta in 1995 for his environmental struggle against Big Oil in the Niger delta. In this interview with Africa Book Club, she talks about her literary demeanour, the insight she gained by living between two continents and her opinion about contemporary African literature.
South African author Christopher Hope left his home country in 1975 after his work drew fire from the country’s Apartheid regime. His debut novel, A Separate Development, published in 1981, was banned by the then South African government for satirizing the Apartheid system, but then went on to receive the David Higham Memorial Prize. Over the course of his long and illustrious career, Hope has earned several more writing awards, including the Thomas Pringle Prize for his book, Cape Drives, and the Whitbread Prize in 1984 for Kruger’s Alp. In 1992, Hope’s other book, Serenity House, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1990. In this interview with Africa Book Club’s Yusuf Serunkuma, the South African writer talks about his long career, discusses his latest book, Shooting Angels (released in 2011), and shares his thoughts on different subjects – from politics to his favourite writers.