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Insights from Celebrated Nigerian-born Travel Writer Noo Saro-Wiwa                         

Her latest book is Black Ghosts. It explores, with candour and compassion, the lives of several African economic migrants living in China, a group of people who are key to trade between the continents. Saro-Wiwa says there were far fewer of the insouciant idlers on the street that you get back on the home continent. People were busy, evasive initially. I met traders who were there on short regular visits, buying goods to export back to Africa. She chatted with visa overstayers – people who had come as traders but, through various misfortunes, were stuck in the country in limbo. Then there were highly skilled people, such as the cardiac surgeon or the former mixed martial arts champion who was now a promoter of the sport. 

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