The Price of Senegal’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws ||Senegal || 2017 || The New Yorker Online || WEB
On victim-perpetrators, ephemeral oppression, and the danger of social isolation; on Senegal’s infanticide crisis, rigid abortion restrictions and theological debates about ensoulment.
We Are All Sentimental || Senegal || 2017 || Nataal ||WEB
On Joël Andrianomearisoa, love, and Revue Noire, a monumental art magazine from the 90s.
Redemption Camp || Nigeria || 2017 || Goethe Institute, Hotspots Lagos || WEB
On solitude en masse, sacred spaces and human divinity.
Fools Gold: On Oil and its Discontents || Nigeria || 2015 || Institute of Current World Affairs || WEB
On slippery borders, friendly smugglers, secret scars, lotteries, motorcycles, artificial scarcities, legitimate hoarding, and decayed wales.
The Road Through Redemption Camp: Religion, Fertility and Abortion in Lagos || Nigeria || 2014 || Los Angeles Review of Books || WEB
From mega-churches to store-front parishes, religion is big in Nigeria’s biggest city.
Taste, Scent, Trade || Nigeria || 2016 || Institute of Current World Affairs || WEB
On fake versace and perfumes and on the spidery pathways they travel across Nigeria.
Perilous Delivery: Inside India’s Maternal Health Care Crisis || India || June 2014 || The Los Angeles Review of Books || WEB
A Profile of Malti Devi, the birth czar of small town Bihar, India.
Hepatitis, the Road Trip||Nigeria||2016||Institute of Current World Affairs||WEB
On hepatitis, a “silent killer” and also on stigma, and the myriad overlapping health systems:traditional, religious, informal, western medicine, etc in Nigeria.
India’s Other Sexual Violence || February 2013 || The Atlantic|| WEB
Women in India face violence throughout their reproductive lives. In light of recent high profile rape cases, a look at violence against women and maternal mortality.
Strut || Lagos || 2016 || Nataal || WEB
On Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s performance piece “Strut”, and on ease and action, freedom, femininity and power.
Women in Nepal Face Monthly Ostracization || June 2013 || New York Times || WEB
A short essay and film documenting the monthly isolation of women during menstruation in Achham. Video by Allison Shelley, Reporting/interviews by me. Winner of WHNPA Eyes of History contest for video feature. Featured in the Pulitzer Center Film Festivaland the Toronto Nepali Film Festival.