Author: okeowo


Out March 8 in the U.K.! Order here. Out now in the U.S. More about it. Winner of the 2018 PEN Open Book Award Buy it: Amazon Barnes and Noble Books-A-Million IndieBound An excerpt in The Observer. An excerpt in The New Yorker. Another excerpt in LitHub. Another excerpt in Lenny Letter.       […]

The Watchdog

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.

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

Lagos Must Prosper

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.