Alexis Okeowo, a foreign correspondent, has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Businessweek.
“Nigeria is a deeply sexist country. It can be difficult for people to take you seriously. But that also has its benefits, because it’s very easy to disarm your subjects. If I’m interviewing people who underestimate me, I can get them to open up because they somehow think that I’m naïve or I don’t know what I’m doing. So I don’t mind if some sexist general or banker thinks I’m this young little student who doesn’t know what she’s talking about. As long as you tell me what I want to know, it’s great.”
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- Okeowo on Longform
- [7:00] "Nigeria’s Stolen Girls" (New Yorker • Apr 2014)
- [19:00] "Inside the Vigilante Fight Against Boko Haram" (New York Times Magazine • Nov 2014)
- [31:00] "Freedom Fighter" (New Yorker • Sep 2014)
- [33:00] "Lagos Must Prosper" (Granta • Apr 2015)
- [51:00] "How the Lord’s Resistance Army Forced Captives to Become Couples" (FT Weekend Magazine • Jul 2013)