Obiora N. Anekwe

Obiora N. Anekwe was born in Alabama at the John A. Andrew Hospital on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). Reared in Columbus, Georgia and Lagos, Nigeria, he attended the University of Lagos Staff School as a child. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (B.A., mass media arts with honors), Tuskegee University (M.Ed., counseling and student development), Auburn University (Ed.D., educational leadership), Columbia University in the City of New York (M.S., bioethics with high honors and distinction), and Pace University (M.S.T., special education with honors). His early educational experiences influenced his commitment to learning, presenting, and conducting research in international education in Germany, Italy, Poland, and Scotland.

Before moving to New York, Obiora previously worked as a counselor, instructor, and educational coordinator in the office of the provost at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. In addition, he has taught undergraduate teacher education students as an adjunct instructor in educational foundations at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Obiora has received additional training in bioethics, health care, and clinical ethics from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, Union Graduate College, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Chemical Society.

Obiora has published in the fields of education and bioethics. His first book, Celebrating Life at 24 Hampton Place, documented the Igbo traditional life and home-going celebrations of his great aunt, Catherine N. Anekwe. His second book, Chronicling the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Essays, Research Writings, Commentaries, and Other Documented Works, was cowritten with his brother, Ejinkonye C. Anekwe, Ph.D. Obiora's third book, Ancestral Voices Rising Up: A Collage Series on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, was published in 2014. In 2015, Obiora published his fourth book, Ethically Speaking: Essays and Other Writings on Race, Class and Justice in Health Care and Medicine, featuring his Columbia University bioethics master’s degree thesis on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Based on his 2007 doctoral dissertation in educational leadership, Obiora's fifth book, Satisfaction Matters: A Comparative Study of African American Students in Teacher Education Programs within the Academy, was also published in 2015. His two books, Ancestral Voices Rising Up (2014) and Ethically Speaking (2015), were selected by the Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University as two respected books to read in the field of bioethics. Obiora's first children's book, The Adventures of Blind Tom, was released in the summer of 2015 under his own publishing company, Ethically Speaking Press. The book chronicles the extraordinary life story of Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins, a black enslaved child prodigy with autism who played classical piano music to audiences around the world during the 1800s. In his book, Narrative Visions of the Willowbrook State School: A Artistic Survey in Bioethics Special Education (2016), Obiora explored the unethical impact of human experimentation through the visual medium of artistic expression. His book was the first visual book dedicated to telling the story of Willowbrook through the eyes of an artistic interpretation. Obiora's latest book is a children's book entitled, Ma Rainey Sings the Blues. The book is about the musical life journey of Gertrude "Ma Rainey" Pridgett (1886-1939), Mother of the Blues. She was born in Obiora's hometown of Columbus, Georgia.  

As a founding contributing editor and writer for the Columbia University online bioethics journal, Voices in Bioethics, Obiora has written art reviews on public health and bioethics-related issues and other relevant topics referring to race, gender, and vulnerable populations in human subjects research. In addition to his duties as contributing editor and writer, Anekwe also served as coordinator for the art and bioethics section of Voices in Bioethics. In 2017, due to his extensive research contributions in bioethics, Dr. Anekwe was elected as a Research Associate to the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), the most prestigious medical society in the world.

Dr. Obiora N. Anekwe is an adjunct professor and public school special education teacher who resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Rev. Alexis Southerland Anekwe, and their son, Amari Obiora Anekwe.