Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless, Starless Sky is an enthralling work of literary journalism akin to Behind the Beautiful Forevers, and won the 2018 PEN Open Book Award. Telling stories of kidnapped victims of Joseph Kony’s LRA, a Mauritanian campaigning against modern-day slavery, a women’s basketball team in Somalia and a vigilante fighting Boko Haram, it forms a vivid tapestry of African people courageously resisting fundamentalism across the continent. Kate Wild meets the author to discuss what the The New York Times has called “a rich and urgently necessary book”.
Alexis Okeowo (International)
Alexis Okeowo is a magazine writer and screenwriter, and a former fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Sports Writing. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her first book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism In Africa, is a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism.
Kate Wild (Australian)
Kate Wild is an investigative journalist whose work with distinguished teams at the ABC has been recognised with three Walkley Awards and a Logie. Her reports from Darwin, where she lived from 2010 to 2016, laid the groundwork for a Four Corners story on juvenile detention that prompted the calling of a Royal Commission. Like Elijah Holcombe, Kate grew up in country New South Wales; she now lives and works in Sydney. Waiting for Elijah is her first book.