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A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo
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it was amazing

Okeowo is a first generation daughter of Nigerian immigrants. After college, she decided to experience Africa for herself. Currently, she is a staff writer at The New Yorker. A Moonless, Starless Sky is her debut book of literary journalism delving into experiences she had while living and working in Africa.
Exploring the fight against extremism in Africa she focuses on the LRA in Uganda, modern day slavery in Mauritania, Boko Haram’s reign of terror in Nigeria, and religious terrorism in Somalia. Though briefly covered in international news, Okeowo brings a spotlight to these areas probing into the complexities of the real issues often brushed over and forgotten by the media. She manages to inform, entertain, and convey so much to the reader in a mere 256 pages. Exploring the bigger issues, she tells the stories of average individuals surviving, recovering, and acting as beacons of hope through their everyday bravery.
A Moonless, Starless Sky is a must read. Okeowo writes with intensity and honesty about the issues, the people, and her experiences along the way. Shrouded in atrocity, human rights violations, terrorism, and more, she manages to have of humor and sarcasm. The book is so relatably human in it’s approach to such a heavy topic saturated in monstrosity. Okeowo’s words will haunt your thoughts long after the book has been closed.
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Reading Progress

August 16, 2017 – Shelved
August 16, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
August 23, 2017 – Started Reading
August 23, 2017 –
page 64
August 29, 2017 –
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August 29, 2017 – Finished Reading

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