JPDS Quarterly
Seminar

Over the years, we ran a couple of small-scale intellectually stimulating seminars. Now we are stepping it up several notches by offering structured inter-disciplinary seminars focussed on personal and professional development.

Vision Statement

To consistently promote the personal and professional development of Jacksonites, professionals & students in communications and allied fields through the facilitation of periodic interdisciplinary sessions and fostering of academic research and development that positively impact its members (Jacksonites) and the society at large.

Our Quarterly Seminar Goals

our seminar style

Interactive

Our speakers won’t just speak; you will have the chance to ask questions or share ideas during the session. 

Practical

The presentations are filled with practical insights from experienced speakers with laudable results. 

Virtual

Our speakers and participants are from different continents but connected with clear visuals and sound on their smart devices.

A'Captured' Media in an Insecure Nation

In this inaugural seminar, Prof Nduka Otiono x-rayed the rise of fake news and Nigeria’s government attempt to control the media.  He ended his presentation by stating categorically that the Nigerian media cannot be captured as they have survived different repressive regimes at different times. He describes Nigerian media as one of the most vibrant media in the world having surmounted challenges posed by military dictatorship
as seen in Decree 4. 

Our Resource Person

Meet our team of handpicked resourceful seminar facilitators and moderators

jacksonitespds.com Nduka Otiono

Nduka Otiono

our facilitator

Nduka Otiono is a writer, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Supervisor at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Canada. He is the author and co-editor of ten books of creative writing and academic research. Formerly a journalist and General Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors, his professional honors include a Capital Educator’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Early Career Award for Research Excellence; Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship; and 2018 Black History Ottawa Community Builder Award.

Kingsley Osadolor

Moderator

Lawyer, veteran journalist, renowned broadcaster; Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Nigeria; Fellow, Nigerian Guild of Editors; former Editor, The Guardian on Sunday, ex-Deputy Managing Director, Guardian Newspapers; Commissioner for Information, Edo State; Special Adviser to the Minister of Information; currently, Anchor of NTA’s influential Good Morning Nigeria.

jacksonitespds.com Osadolor Kingsley

Crisis Survival in Today’s Viral World: The Communications Conundrum

This theme was chosen at a time when the freedom of speech of Nigerians was threatened, this session’s focus on crisis survival in a viral world is chosen in light of the global  pandemic and its attendant crisis. Moreover, communication is a vital tool in relationship management, and just like change, crisis is an integral part of life and mastery of how to manage it as it comes is a key to trudging on despite it.

Our Resource Person

Meet our team of handpicked resourceful seminar facilitators and moderators

Obi Emekekwue

our facilitator

Obi Emekekwue is President of DelReeve Konsult Ltd, and a former Director & Global Head of Communications and Event Management at Afreximbank. His over 35-year professional experience spans corporate strategic communications, media, public relations, international civil service and event management. In 18 years at the United Nations, he led communications teams to bring visibility to the organization. He was a North America/UN Bureau Chief of NAN and also worked for FRCN and NTA. Through DelReeve Konsult, he counsels clients on corporate communications and other business issues. A 1982 graduate of the Department of Mass Communication of UNN, he holds a Master’s in International Relations and a postgraduate diploma in International Law and Diplomacy from St. John’s University, New York. He is also a graduate of the Executive Education programs of Harvard and IMD Business Schools.

Marcel Mbamalu (PhD)

Moderator

Marcel Mbamalu (PhD), Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Prime Business Africa (PBA). He is the Editor-in-Chief of Prime Business Africa, an online newspaper platformspoised to change the digital journalism space with incisive, factual and insightful reporting.

Mbamalu is a veteran journalist and an academic. He has garnered top-of-the-range expertise within and outside Nigeria in journalism, political economy, development and finance. He served as the News Editor of The Guardian, Nigeria’s flagship newspaper after rising through the ranks and grooming tens of crack journalists under his wings. A widely-sought after expert on journalism and media practice, he has facilitated a number of workshops for the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Mbamalu holds a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Masters in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and a doctorate degree in Journalism from UNN. He is also the CEO of Newstide Publications Limited, publishers of Prime Business Africa

 

Fundraising and Capital Campaigns as Strategic Communication

Donors and partner agencies for Nigerian higher institutions abound; unfortunately, many schools and researchers fail to attract these funds due to ineffective fundraiser campaigns. In this 3rd edition of Jacksonites Professional Development Series Seminar, you will learn from experts who have attracted millions for their institutions.

Our Resource Person

Meet our team of handpicked resourceful seminar facilitators and moderators

chair

Prof Charles Okigbo

Charles C. Okigbo, PhD (Journalism), PhD (Ed. Leadership). Charles Okigbo is Professor Emeritus of Strategic Communication at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, and was formerly Executive Coordinator of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), and Registrar of the Advertising Council of Nigeria (APCON). 

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Prof Bartho Okolo

 He has worked with private sector fundraising committees to organise one of the best NUGA games in the history of Nigerian universities. During his tenure as the VC, UNN, the university executed over 400 projects where he attracted 2.6bn from the TET fund and 1.7bn from federal Government capital allocations.

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Professor Kelly Sassi

Kelly Sassi is an assistant professor of English and Education at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Sassi has extensive experience teaching grant proposal writing courses. Over 90% of grant proposal writers she has worked with have been successful in raising millions of dollars. She works at North Dakota State University as a tenured Full Professor with a joint appointment in English and Education. 

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Prof. Ladi Adamu

Prof. Adamu is the first female Professor of broadcasting in Northern Nigeria, she started the ABU FM101,1 campus station and was the pioneer coordinator of the studio project for ten years. She has over 50 academic publications to her credit and is one of the most sought-after communication scholars in Nigeria.

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Mr John Klocke

John Klocke has over 28 years of experience in the areas of fundraising, non-profit and foundation management. He currently helps St. John Paul II benefactors benefit current and future students as the lead philanthropic gift officer on our Together Capital Campaign using techniques that offer the best methods in philanthropic giving. 

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Prof Yakubu Ochefu

Professor Yakubu Aboki Ochefu is an academic, university administrator and entrepreneur. He is a Member of Nigeria Academy of Letters. He is also a Special Fulbright Fellow, a World Innovation Summit in Education (WISE) Leadership Fellow and recipient of the 2016 World Education Congress Award for Academic Leadership in Challenging Environments. He has at various times, consulted for the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, and International Republican Institute.

Better Media Enterprise Management

Media professionals and managers have been urged to go beyond their training in school to discharge their duties as journalists and master how to run profitable media enterprises that can transform the fortunes of a nation. Renowned media enterprise manager and scholar, Dr Isah Momoh, made the call at the quarterly Jacksonites Professional Development Series (JPDS) virtual seminar held on 19th July 2022. 

Our Resource Person

Meet our team of handpicked resourceful seminar facilitators and moderators

Dr Isah E. Momoh

our facilitator

Dr Isah E. Momoh, (J77), is the current dean of Institute of Management, at the Ed-John Institute of Management and Technology, a new and innovative private Polytechnic in Isiwo, Ikorodu, in the Lagos area of Nigeria, where he supervises the Departments of Business Administration and Mass Communication. A professional mass communicator who prides himself as a media economist, Isah Momoh, after his first degree from Jackson, took an MBA from the University of Lagos, and a PhD in Business Administration from California before returning to an MSc. and PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos from 2006 and 2020. Aside from his role as the poisoner Head of Department, of Mass Communication Department, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, he was pioneer Editor, NTA Network News, National Assembly and Political Editor, New Nigerian Newspapers, Chief Economist of The Nigerian Guardian, Economist of the Editorial board of the Post Express Newspaper, General Manager, Kogi Newspaper Corporation, COO, Minaj TV Network. 

Mayor Ikoroha

Moderator

Mayor Ikoroha attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he was awarded B.A. (Hons) in Mass Communication. He also holds a Master’s Degree (M.Sc) in Mass Communication from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Mr. Ikoroha worked briefly with Hallmark Newspapers Lagos as Deputy Political Editor in 2001, Schlumberger Oilfield Services, Port Harcourt in 2002 as Communications Assistant and Jifeson Books Limited, Lagos as Literary Consultant in 2003. He later joined the banking industry, worked in many banks for 14 years and was at a time Imo State Regional Manager of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. A creative writer, satirist, freelance journalist, political analyst and social commentator, Mr. Ikoroha is a regular contributor to many online publications in Nigeria and abroad. He is the author of The End of Happiness, a collection of short stories that is available on Amazon.com. Mr. Ikoroha is the editor in-chief of Regina Magazine, a quarterly celebrity publication that is accessed through www.reginadanielsmagazine.com. 

Our Rapporteurs

Oghenevwarhe Adogbeji

Treasure Oghenevwarhe Adogbeji is a Masters Student at the University of Nigeria who is passionate about humanitarian service. She has been a volunteer tutor at the National Open University Special Study Centre, Enugu State Correctional Centre from 2018 till date. She has over 4 years of experience in advocacy and community engagement and has worked on several projects in prison, secondary schools, and charity homes. She desires to work in a Non-governmental Organisation where she can impact lives and also further her education in Communication for Development and Social change. She can be reached at vwarhe26@gmail.com and Treasure Oghenevwarhe Adogbeji on all social media platform.

Ifeanyichuwku Dinwoke

Joseph Ifeanyichuwku Dinwoke is a marketing communication professional who brings his web & graphic design, media buying, copywriting and content marketing competencies to helping individuals and organizations design marketing strategies and sales funnels that help sell their brands. Since 2014 when he founded Fratee Media, he designed 27+ websites, published 14+ books and served 13+ brands. In the course of his Masters Degree in Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria, he volunteers as a rapporteur for the JPDS. He can be reached through ifeanyidinwoke@gmail.com and found across social media as @ijdinwoke.

Prof Chinedu Mba

JPDS-KH Steering Committee Chair

Experienced Professor and administrator in the higher education industry. Demonstrated experience in the following areas: Developmental Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Program Development & Management, Student Success & Retention, Strategic Enrolment Management, Academic Planning, and Academic Advising & Coaching. Strong education professional with a Master’s degree focused in Educational Studies: Higher Education Leadership from University of Alberta. As the Chairperson of the Jacksonites Professional Development Series steering committee, she leads a global team and interfaces with partners toward the actualization of the mission of the initiative.