AFRICMIL Coordinator, Chido Onumah, to deliver keynote address at 2017 media literacy symposium at University of Ghana

Activist and author, Chido Onumah, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 symposium on media and information literacy at the University of Ghana, Legon. 

The symposium, to be held on August 31, 2017, is being put together by the School of Information and Communication Studies of the university in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). 

Mr. Onumah, who is the coordinator of the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), is a reputed expert on media and information literacy in Africa, and is the Co-Chair of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL). 

According to organisers of the symposium, the event is targeted at “key stakeholders who may be interested in spearheading media and information literacy efforts across various sectors in the country”. 

In a letter addressed to Mr. Onumah and signed by the Dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, the institution expects the address by Mr. Onumah and contributions from other experts to provide insight on “what needs to be done to build a media and information literate society”. 

Other expected outcomes include, “building a coalition around media and information literacy, mainstreaming media and information literacy into educational curricula across all levels, addressing gaps in training of media, information and communication professional, and stimulating scholarly interest in media and information literacy issues”. 

The event will also be addressed by Ghanaian Ministers of Information and Education, Prof. Mustapha Hamid, and Hon. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, respectively. 

The symposium, billed to hold at Legon Centre for International Affairs, will be chaired by the Director General of Ghana Education Service, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwah.   

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ebenezer Owusu, and Ghana Country Director of UNESCO, Mr. Tirso Dos Santos, are also slated to address the gathering. 

Igbonla boys: Lagos State must do more to protect children, says CEE-HOPE

Press Release

The Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), a child’s right and development Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has reacted to the recent release of six school boys of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe.

In a statement issued in Lagos, CEE-HOPE’s Executive Director, Betty Abah, said it was a great relief that the boys (who were abducted from their school hostels) had been brought back after 65 tortuous days in kidnappers’ den. “We can only imagine the joy of family members whose loved ones had been held captive for over two months. We congratulate the authorities and agencies who worked assiduously for the release of these boys, most notably, the Federal Government, Ondo State Government and the Nigerian Police Force,” said Abah.

The statement further asked the Lagos State Government to do more to ensure maximum protection for its school children as against the current state of affairs which it said has left children as easy preys and at the mercy of criminals. It asserted that the Igbonla case was quite avoidable given that a clear three-day notice was issued to the school by the militants yet the abduction happened with apparent no resistance by any security operatives, not to mention that abduction also took place in the same school in October 2016. It called for the school authorities and security operatives in the area to be questioned as to what really transpired.

“Children in Lagos State are currently endangered and the attitude of the state government hasn’t helped matters. It took 10 traumatic days for the government to address the parents of the boys and that was even after a protest to the government house in Alausa. And the Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who by law is the Chief Security Officer of the state, would not talk to them,” the statement noted. “Even though the victims are vulnerable young persons, the state government gave the parents a cold shoulder saying it would not negotiate with criminals, and maintained a lukewarm attitude to their boys’ plights until the Federal Government’s intervention. They were also left to negotiate with the kidnappers, selling property and borrowing huge sums in the process. All these send a gravely wrong message to the rest of poor Lagosians in a progressively insecure atmosphere.”

CEE-HOPE also cited instances of ongoing rape, brutalization and multiple killings in the Ikorodu area of the state by the rabid Badoo cult, with most of the victims being women and girls and the recent rape to death of Obiamaka Ngozichukwu Orakwe, a 14-year-old girl in Abule-Ado area of the state. It asked for stringent punishment for criminals to serve as deterrence.

‘The present government of Lagos State must run government with a more humane face, scale up its security apparatus and give the beleaguered population a sense of belonging and security. Again, on Igbonla, besides ensuring comprehensive medical and psychosocial treatment for the recently released boys, the state government must compensate the parents to show that government can have a human face and is not all about infrastructures,” said Abah.

According to the organisation, kidnappers, ritualists and criminals arrested must not only be given “media trials” but be openly tried, sentenced and shamed as a way of rescuing the state from the current grip of insecurity.

Abuja Literary Society hosts renowned author and speaker, Okey Ndibe

Press Statement

We’re pleased to announce that the ALS Book Jam for the month of July will be holding tomorrow (Friday, July 28) at Sandralia Hotel, Jabi by 7PM. We will be hosting renowned author and speaker, Okey Ndibe.

Okey Ndibe is the author of the novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain, the memoir, Never Look an American in the Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American, and co-editor of Writers Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa. The New York Times as well as Philadelphia Inquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Mosaic magazine named Foreign Gods, Inc. one of the 10 best books of 2014.

The ALS Book Jam is an interactive session, so we encourage you to come prepared with questions for the author. Also, family and friends are always welcome to attend.

Remember, the time is 7PM! We’re looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

FMI, SMS: Ulo – 08035495842; Eric – 08062127111; Musa – 08028348032

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