Nigeria’s Professor of Mass Communication, Ralph Akinfeleye has been elected to represent Africa at the Council of the World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC) for the next three years.
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) don is the first African to be elected into the prestigious Council.
Akinfeleye alongside other members representing various regions of the world were elected at the just-concluded 5th WJEC meeting at the Université Paris-Dauphine | PSL, in France, which brought together more than 600 participants – professors, researchers, professionals, and representatives of journalism schools from 70 countries.
Akinfeleye, a professor of Journalism and Mass Communication brings to his new role, vast professional experience in the training and mentoring of journalists, practicing their craft in conventional and new media spaces locally and internationally.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the election of Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye into the Council.
According to President Buhari’s Media aide, the Federal Government will always appreciate those who bring honour to the country, particularly in the areas of scholarship and other lofty endeavours.
He urged Akinfeleye to serve diligently in the three-year term, in which he would represent not only Nigeria but the entire African continent.
The don, a graduate of the World First School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, USA is the Chair and past Head of Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos.
He is currently the Chairman of the Centre of Excellence in Multimedia and Cinematography/Unilag Radio 103.1FM and Television.