Welcome, welcome, welcome to episode 198 of the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! As always, the entire crew at the DPP Towers wishes you well and trusts that you are in good health. Here’s a powerful episode right here to get your Wednesday off to a fine start, as Pip is joined for a full chat with journalist Alexis Okeowo!
Alexis is a journalist for the New Yorker, who has just released her immense book ‘A Moonless, Starless Sky - Ordinary Women And Men Fighting Extremism In Africa’, which details several encounters with the human side of extremism and radicalism in Africa. Approaching from a sober angle, not from an exaggerated ‘Breaking News’ stance that we are so used to in media, Alexis meets the people behind the stories and explores the humanity within, the religious complexities, the security obstacles, gender issues, just an insane amount for one person to deal with. But she has put herself deep in the situations and emerged with some incredible and touching stories which you would possibly never hear otherwise. She chats with Pip about many of these tales, exploring them further and revealing many of the points in her path which shaped and moulded her career. Candid, honest, and hugely interesting, so give this one your attention and discover much about a side of the world that is not always shown to us - Alexis is the woman to do it!
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