Chiké Frankie Edozien, Clinical Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, will become the new Site Director at NYU Accra, starting in January 2020. Since joining NYU’s faculty in 2008, Professor Edozien has directed the Journalism Institute’s Accra-based ‘Reporting Africa’ program, a unique summer intensive and immersion program.
Professor Edozien is a journalist who honed his skills writing about government, health and cultural issues for a variety of publications. He was an award-winning New York Post reporter for 15 years, and its City Hall Reporter from 1999-2008 where he was the lead writer on legislative affairs. He covered crime, courts, labor issues, human services, public health and politics, reporting from around the country and abroad. He is the author of the 2017 book Lives of Great Men, a Lambda Literary Award winner. His “Shea Prince” was shortlisted for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Human Rights Award and his “Forgetting Lamido” was anthologized in Safe House. His work has appeared in The Times (UK), Vibe magazine, Time Magazine, Transitions Magazine, Out Traveler, Blackaids.org, The Advocate, Quartz, New York Times, Jalada and more. In 2001, he co-founded the AFRican Magazine and served as the editor-in-chief. He has traveled around the world reporting on the impact of HIV/AIDS particularly among Africans and is a 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting. He has appeared on MSNBC and other outlets giving context on issues affecting African countries.
Edozien holds a B.A. from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and was awarded NYU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award in 2017 for excellence in teaching, community building, social justice advocacy and leadership.
Currently located in Labone, NYU Accra (NYUA) is an integral part of the fabric of Accra, ideally situated to foster scholarly collaborations amongst a wide range of local institutions. The curriculum at NYUA focuses on topics and issues relevant to Africa and developing world cities. NYUA is supported by partnerships and affiliations with 19 schools and departments. Deep local engagement is a hallmark of the student experience at NYUA; the site also enjoys a strong multicultural exchange with scholars at University of Ghana. Several NYU faculty members pursue their research in Ghana and lead short-term courses at NYUA. In addition, the site is connected to NYU Africa House, and the NYU Development Research Institute. Professor Edozien will be working with these various partners and building the next chapter of NYUA’s development.