Hi, my name is Alexis Okeowo. I live in Brooklyn, New York. My work has been awarded fellowships and grants from New America, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the International Reporting Project, and has been a finalist for the Livingston Award in International Reporting and the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism.
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.