_MG_9116rsHi, my name is Alexis Okeowo and I’m a writer and reporter based in New York but often traveling. I used to live and get in trouble in Nigeria, Mexico, and Uganda. I’m writing a book about people standing up to extremism in Africa, to be published by Hachette. And yes, I really grew up in Alabama.

E-mail: aboutexodus [at] gmail [dot] com

Speaking inquiries: Jin Auh, jauh [at] wylieagency [dot] com

I was interviewed by the folks at the Longform podcast about my work and my travels.

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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.

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I wrote about the film ‘Timbuktu’ and humanizing terrorists.

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I wrote about the electric new film ‘Girlhood,’ one of the best films I’ve seen this year (and last).

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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.

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My story from September on a radical anti-slavery activist in Mauritania for The New Yorker.

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Belatedly, my coverage of Boko Haram’s abduction of 300-plus Nigerian schoolgirls for The New Yorker:

Nigeria’s Stolen Girls and The Troubled Search for Nigeria’s Stolen Girls (on the web).

Missing (in the print magazine).

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I wrote about the stunning work of South African photographer (and lesbian activist) Zanele Muholi for The New York Times Lens Blog.

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