Hello, my name is Alexis Okeowo. I have a book out on October 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’ve lived in Uganda, Mexico, and Nigeria. I’ve also bungee-jumped over the Nile River, and once packed up all my things and moved to Cuba. I now live in Brooklyn.
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.
My story from September on a radical anti-slavery activist in Mauritania for The New Yorker.
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).
I have a new page on this site called “In the Media,” which includes some of the television and radio interviews I have given recently.
I was interviewed on my work in Africa and on being a female journalist by the great new venture Foreign Policy Interrupted. Take a look!
I recently spent time among oil thieves in the Niger Delta. I wrote about them, their communities, and the shadow industry of oil theft in Nigeria for Bloomberg Businessweek.
For the last several months, I have been reporting on the massive Chinese investment in Zambia — particularly in its mining sector — and the tension-filled aftermath of this investment. I have a piece in the new issue of Fortune on Zambia’s mining troubles, and recently wrote articles for The New Yorker on the violent Chinese mining controversy in Zambia and on African criticism of Chinese investment.