October 9, 2019

Lives of Great Men Book Cover

NYU Washington, DC hosted an evening Salon Series conversation featuring Author of, Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Frankie Edozien. Serving as interlocutor was Mark Bromley, Chair of the Council for Global Equality.

Frankie Edozien has directed the Institute’s Ghana based ‘Reporting Africa’ program since 2008. 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.

Books were sold and signed on site. Please note that this program may have been filmed and/or photographed.

Mark Bromley

Mark Bromley

Frankie Edozien

Frankie Edozien

Lives of Great Men Book Cover

From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity. On his travels and sojourns Edozien explores the worsening legal climate for gay men and women on the continent; the impact homophobic evangelical American pastors are having in many countries, and its toxic intersection with political populism; and experiences the pressures placed on those living under harshly oppressive laws that are themselves the legacy of colonial rule - pressures that sometimes lead to seeking asylum in the West. Yet he remains hopeful, and this memoir, which is pacy, romantic and funny by turns, is also a love-letter to Africa, above all to Nigeria and the megalopolis that is Lagos.


The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists presents an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us. The Salon Series is made possible by NYU Washington, DC through the collaboration of NYU schools, departments and centers, as well as through special relationships with selected external organizations.