Alexis Okeowo

New America Fellow

Alexis Okeowo was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. She is the author of A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa, and is a staff writer at The New Yorker.  Her work has also been anthologized in "The Best American Travel Writing" (2017) and "The Best American Sports 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 Times MagazineBloomberg Businessweek, and the Financial Times.

All Work

FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
Donald Trump, Lost in Africa

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about Donald Trump in Africa.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
The Provocateur Behind Beyonce, Rihanna, and Issa Rae

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about the provocateur behind Rihanna, Beyonce, and Issa Rae.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
The Gas-Price Protests Gripping Mexico

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about the gas protests in Mexico.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
In Gambia, the Defeated President Who Wouldn't Go

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about Gambian President Yahya Jammeh


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
The Chibok Girls

Nigerian author Helon Habila discusses the kidnapping of the Chibok Girls and the continued threat of Boko Haram


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
Hate On The Rise After Trump's Election

Alexis Okeowo writes for the New Yorker about the increase in racist and xenophobic harassment documented since Trump’s election


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
Riz Ahmed’s Tragic Transformation on “the Night Of”

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about "the Night Of."


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
Swet Shop Boys’ Rap as Protest

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about protest rap and the Swet Shop Boys.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
Nzingha Prescod, Olympic Fencer

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about the Olympics and Nzingha Prescod.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA NYC
A Mauritanian Abolitionist Visits the United States

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about Biram Dah Abeid, a Mauritanian abolitionist that visited the United States.


FELLOWS
Two Years After the Nigerian Girls Were Taken

Alexis Okeowo wrote for the New Yorker about the Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram.


BETTER LIFE LAB and NEW AMERICA NYC
Excellent Daughters

Katherine Zoepf discusses the dual transformations of women's lives and of Arab society throughout the Middle East.