Hello, my name is Alexis Okeowo. I have a book out on 10/3 called A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa. You can pre-order now. I’m a staff writer at The New Yorker, and I was part of a team of National Geographic journalists who were finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. My work has also been included in The Best American Travel Writing 2017, and been awarded fellowships and grants from New America, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the International Reporting Project. I live in Brooklyn.
I wrote about iRoko, Nigeria’s homegrown answer to Netflix, for Bloomberg Businessweek.
My story from late last year about an orchestra in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Not long ago I wrote about the incandescent poetry of young Somali-British writer Warsan Shire.
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.”
I was interviewed by the folks at the Longform podcast about my work and my travels.
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 film ‘Timbuktu’ and humanizing terrorists.
I wrote about the electric new film ‘Girlhood,’ one of the best films I’ve seen this year (and last).