Alexis Okeowo

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Alexis Okeowo
Alexis Okeowo Resisting Extremism in Africa- Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Acts.jpg
Okeowo in 2017
NationalityAmerican
OccupationJournalist

Alexis Okeowo is an American journalist who is a staff writer at The New Yorker.[1] She is the author of A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Woman and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

Early life[edit]

Okeowo grew up in Alabama, the child of Nigerian parents.[2] She attended Princeton University,[3] graduating in 2006.[4]

Career[edit]

Okeowo with Riz Ahmed at The New Yorker Festival in 2017

From 2006-2007, Okeowo was a Princeton in Africa Fellow working at the New Vision newspaper in Uganda.[5] In 2012, she won an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship to write about gay rights in Africa.[6] She became a staff writer at the New Yorker in 2015 and is working on a book about people standing up to extremism in Africa at the New America Foundation.[7] Her 2017 book A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Woman and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa was reviewed favorably.[8][9]

Her work has appeared in the anthologies Best American Travel Writing 2017[10] and Best American Sports Writing 2017.[11]

The Christian Science Monitor called Okeowo one of the "finest war and foreign correspondents" at The New Yorker: "Alexis Okeowo, who was named a staff writer in late 2015, is continuing the tradition of the foreign correspondent who takes considerable personal risks driven by the conviction that all stories deserve to be told, particularly those that require a great deal of courage to uncover in the first place."[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexis Okeowo". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  2. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo. Hachette, $26 (240p) ISBN 978-0-316-38293-9". Publishers Weekly. July 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  3. ^ "Okeowo, Alexis — International Reporting Project". internationalreportingproject.org. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  4. ^ "New Releases". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  5. ^ "Fitting in". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  6. ^ "Alexis Okeowo | Alicia Patterson Foundation". aliciapatterson.org. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  7. ^ a b "Alexis Okeowo - New America". New America. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  8. ^ Holahan, Jackson (2017-10-02). "'A Moonless, Starless Sky' tells the stories of the courageous figures who stand up to extremism". Christian Science Monitor. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  9. ^ "A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo". Kirkus Reviews. June 14, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Item details: The best American travel writing 2017 - 48177208". catalog.tadl.org. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  11. ^ "The Best American Sports Writing 2017 - Howard Bryant, ed. Glenn Stout, series ed. - Daedalus Books Online". Daedalus Books and Music. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  12. ^ "'A Moonless, Starless Sky' tells the stories of the courageous figures who stand up to extremism". Christian Science Monitor. 2017-10-02. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  13. ^ Foundation, Thomson Reuters. "Kurt Schork Awards: 2014 Shortlisted Entries". news.trust.org. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  14. ^ Tang, Estelle (2017-08-21). "27 of the Best Books to Read This Fall". Elle. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  15. ^ John Maher (February 21, 2018). "Long Soldier, Zhang, Le Guin Win At 2018 PEN Literary Awards". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "The 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Winners". PEN America. February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.

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