Uchenna Ekwo

President, Center for Media & Peace Initiatives, New York

 

Dr. Uchenna Ekwo is President at the Center for Media & Peace Initiatives, New York . He taught undergraduate courses at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey where he also serves as Co-Chair of Gershowitz Annual Lecture Series on Media and Democratic Governance. He is a News Contributor to Al Jazeera News Network.  Ekwo is a journalist by training, mediator by temperament, and a teacher by choice.  Dr. Ekwo worked as a political journalist in Nigeria for a combined period of 18 years in Daily Star Newspapers, Radio Nigeria, and Africa Independent Television. In the early 90’s, Dr. Ekwo was elected Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Enugu. In that capacity he served in the Conflict Resolution Committee of the national body for 3 years. In 2012, Ekwo was invited to address the Pan African Parliament in South Africa on Communication Strategies for Peace and Development. He has also worked with several African governments, policy makers, and organizations to encourage sociopolitical reforms in the continent. A public policy analyst, journalism instructor, and media consultant, Ekwo has authored three books: Role of Journalists in Modern Nigeria, Mass Media & Marketing Communications: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives, and Reporting Conflicts-A practical guide to journalists in addition to radio commentaries, and many newspaper and journal articles.