uchennaProf. Uchenna Ekwo is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Sciences Coal City University. He is a journalist by training, a teacher by choice, mediator by temperament, Prof. Uchenna Ekwo is on the faculty of the Department of Mass Communications, Creative & Performing Arts and Speech, Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York, CUNY. Prof. Ekwo is also an adjunct professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, Newark Campus where he also serves as Co-chair of the Annual Gershowitz Conference on Media and Democratic Governance. A scholar-practitioner, Ekwo was the founding President at the Center for Media & Peace Initiatives, New York- a media and policy think tank in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.

He had an impressive career working in different media platforms – Radio Nigeria as reporter/editor for 12 years, Africa Independent Television (Assistant Manager News – 3 years), Daily Star Newspapers, Hints Magazine, and online including Al-Jazeera News Network. Born in Nigeria, Ekwo served as Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists in Enugu State (1994-1997) during the military regime in Nigeria. A frequent public speaker, Prof. Ekwo has delivered researched papers at international conferences across five continents including his 2012 address to the Pan African Parliament in South Africa on “Communication Strategies for Peace and Development in Africa.”

Ekwo serves on the board of Consortium for International Management, Policy & Development that works to inspire and promote collaborative working relationships towards the advancement of knowledge in public administration, public management, public policy and leadership development, among practitioners and academicians in various African countries and the diaspora. A public policy analyst, journalism instructor, and media consultant, Ekwo has authored four books to his credit: Media and Diaspora Strategies: Issues in Global Governance and Democratic Participation; Mass Media & Marketing Communications: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives; Reporting Conflicts-A practical guide to journalists; and Leadership & Journalism – Enduring Challenges, New Practices: The Convergence, Divergence of Press, Politics, and Power in Modern Democracies (forthcoming, Summer 2020). Prof. Ekwo is a recipient of numerous awards including Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation based in the US and a nomination for the 2017 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize for his contributions towards “building inclusive and socially just communities in the United States.” His research interests are media convergence and Africa’s political economy. Email: uchenna.ekwo@ccu.edu.ng