Alexis Okeowo

Alexis Okeowo

Alexis Okeowo

Journalist | The New Yorker

Alexis Okeowo joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. She is the author of “A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa,” a “New York Times Book Review” Editors’ Choice and a winner of a 2018 PEN America Literary Award.

Her work has also been anthologized in “The Best American Sports Writing” (2017) and  “The Best American Travel Writing” (2017). She has been awarded fellowships and grants from New America, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the International Reporting Project. She has previously contributed to the New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the Financial Times.

A graduate of Princeton University, she was a 2006–07 Princeton-in-Africa fellow at “The New Vision” newspaper in Uganda. From 2012 to 2015, she was based in Lagos, Nigeria and now lives in Brooklyn.


It’s crucial to write about Africa with ethics and empathy. Alexis Okeowo explains how. The Fader
The Fight Over Women’s Basketball in Somalia, The New Yorker
Alexis Okeowo: Everyday Africans Fighting Extremism, Guernica
Alexis Okeowo Finds God In The Brave Acts Of Ordinary Africans, NPR Goats & Soda