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Book on media, Nigeria’s Fourth Republic for launch today


Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Awujale of the Ijebu Kingdom.

The book, Watchdogs or Captured Media: A Study of the Role of the Media in Nigeria’s Emergent Democracy 1999 to 2016, would be presented to the public today at Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos. The groundbreaking media work is published by Diamond Publications for Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) Trust Fund. It is edited by Prof. Ayo Olukotun, a foremost public intellectual and a distinguished professor of political communication, who occupies the Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.

A product of a year-long research grant from Ford Foundation, the book parades 14 contributors, with 12 from Nigeria and one each from Ghana and Kenya. Drawn from the academia and the media, the Nigerian contributors are Prof. Christian Ogbondah, University of Northern Iowa, U.S., Prof. Lai Oso, Lagos State University, Prof. Abiodun Salawu, Northwest University, South Africa, and Prof. Ayo Olukotun.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Muhammed, is expected to give a keynote address while the presenters include distinguished media administrator and veteran journalist, Mr. Sam Amuka Pemu, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, President, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria and Founder, Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh, President, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr. Waheed Odusile, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, The Punch, Mr. Demola Osinubi, and a host of others. Prof. Adigun Agbaje, a professor of political science and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, University of Ibadan, is expected to review the book.

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