NYU Accra, Director
Chiké Frankie Edozien is the Director of NYU Accra. He directed the Institute’s Ghana based ‘Reporting Africa’ program from 2008 to 2019. He is a journalist who honed his skills writing about government, health and cultural issues for a variety of publications. He is the author of the 2017 book Lives of Great Men, a Lambda Literary Award winner. ‘Lives’ is an exploration of the lives of contemporary LGBTQ men and women on the African continent and in the diaspora. “Shea Prince” was shortlisted for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Human Rights Award and his “Last Night in Asaba” was shortlisted again in 2019 for the Gerald Kraak and was part of the book ‘As You Like It’ earning him a second Lambda award in 2019. His “Forgetting Lamido” was also 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, Atlas Obscura and more. Edozien was awarded New York University’s Martin Luther King, Jr Faculty Award in 2017 for excellence in teaching, community building, social justice advocacy and leadership.
Edozien 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 for the paper.
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 is a contributor to the Arise News Network where he reports weekly on issues in sub-Saharan Africa.
Edozien holds a BA from NYU’s journalism school and a selection of his broadcast, print and media appearances work is available on www.edozien.net
BBC Interview: “Nigeria’s first gay memoir”
MSNBC Interview: “US policy in Africa under a Trump presidency”
Arise America: Across Africa- Nigerian Oil Workers Strike & More