MoonlessStarlessSky HCOut now. More about it here.

An excerpt in The New Yorker.

Another excerpt in LitHub.

Another excerpt in Lenny Letter.

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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Featured as recommended reading this fall by Amazon, Elle, Vogue, W, The Cut, and LitHub



Some reviews:

“A rich and urgently necessary book … Okeowo has taken their stories, crafted them in all their courage and complexity and placed them at the center of the story of what it is to be human.”The New York Times

“Challenging, frightening, and powerful.”The Austin Chronicle

“A razor-sharp peek into the tensions that separate and bind us.”―Essence (November 2017)

“Gripping and sobering.”Winnipeg Free Press

“Okeowo’s compelling prose is lean but empathetic, reportorial and personal both in an individual and cultural sense; her own status as a biological African born in America who straddles two continents and two sensibilities – at minimum – infuses this work with a real urgency.”―Ms. Magazine (Fall 2017)

“Alexis Okeowo, who was named a staff writer in late 2015, is continuing the tradition of the foreign correspondent who takes considerable personal risks driven by the conviction that all stories deserve to be told, particularly those that require a great deal of courage to uncover in the first place.”The Christian Science Monitor

“Evocative and affecting.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Remarkable…. Okeowo writes with beauty and grace…. Refreshingly, she does not give in to easy answers…. Clear-eyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest.”Kirkus (starred review)

“A Moonless, Starless Sky is a captivating look at the on-the- ground effects of extremist groups and the people who live their lives in spite of them.”Booklist


On Poverty

“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