Hi, my name is Alexis Okeowo and I’m a staff writer for The New Yorker and a fellow at New America. I have been based in Nigeria, Mexico, and Uganda, and I currently live in Brooklyn. My book on ordinary women and men fighting extremism in Africa will be published next year.
E-mail: aboutexodus [at] gmail [dot] com
Speaking/writing 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).