“Beyond Countries and Conflicts: Civilians Countering Extremism in Africa”, a Conversation with Alexis Okeowo

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    2018•06•08    18:30 - 19:30

    On 8 June 2018, UNU will host “Beyond Countries and Conflicts: Civilians Countering Extremism in Africa”, a conversation with Alexis Okeowo, author and staff writer for The New Yorker. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Just over four years ago, the world stood in horror as Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Similarly, in 1996 the Lord’s Resistance Army group kidnapped 139 schoolgirls in Uganda. Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army are just two examples of extremist groups on the African continent, where such groups have flourished amidst political and economic instability. But beyond the high-profile actions of governments and the international community to counter these groups, local communities and citizens are also playing a critical role. How important is localised action in defeating extremism in Africa, and what can be done to support it?

    Alexis Okeowo will join Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications, for a conversation exploring the lives of everyday people in Africa who are resisting extremism.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 7 June) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Ms Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2015. She was previously a fellow at New America, and has contributed to The New York Times MagazineBloomberg Businessweek, Time, Fortune, and Financial Times. She also has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, New America, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, and the International Reporting Project. Her much lauded book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa, examines stories about people bravely resisting extremism on the African continent. It most recently won the 2018 PEN Open Book Award.

    Ms Okeowo is a graduate of Princeton University.


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