Hi, my name is Alexis Okeowo and I’m a staff writer for The New Yorker and a fellow at the New America Foundation. I’m based in Brooklyn, but used to live in Nigeria, Mexico, and Uganda. I’m working on a book about ordinary people standing up to extremism in Africa. And yes, I really grew up in Alabama.
E-mail: aboutexodus [at] gmail [dot] com
Speaking inquiries: jauh [at] wylieagency [dot] com
My latest story, about the South African woman responsible for watching over the people who once liberated the country, is in the New York Times Magazine.
“But poverty of what? Poverty of material does not mean poverty of ideas. Poverty of material does not mean poverty of thought; it doesn’t mean poverty of relationship. In my ethnic origin, the Yoruba people, we have about 30 words for wealth. And only one talks about money.”
— Adéwálé Àjàdí on The Takeaway
My latest long story is about the city that’s the love of my life and the bane of my existence: Lagos. Read here at Granta about the efforts to turn it into a modern megacity.
I wrote about the electric new film ‘Girlhood,’ one of the best films I’ve seen this year (and last).
On the Nigerians rising up to fight Boko Haram themselves, for The New York Times Magazine.
Some recent thoughts on living in the time of Ebola, in a country that once had an outbreak of it, in The New York Times: Living With the Terror of Ebola.