After a waiting period, renowned actuary and former Chairman of Punch Newspapers Chief Ajibola Ogunshola will chair the formal presentation today of a study of media leadership produced by a media scholar at the Pan Atlantic University.
The Special Adviser Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari Mr Femi Adesina would also be on hand to support the chairperson.
Nigerian Media Leaders: Voices Beyond the Newsroom features conversations with more than 75 media leaders across print, broadcast and the academia. Media scholar Richard Ikiebe of the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos edited the four-volume work.
The research is a collaboration between the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University and the Nigerian Guild of Editors.
Hosts for the event are the Vice Chancellor of Pan Atlantic University Prof Juan Elegido, the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors Garbadeen Muhammed and the Dean of the School of Media and Communication Dr Ikechukwu Obiaya.
As Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited for several years, Ogunshola is a celebrated media leader for successfully spearheading the turnaround of the fortunes of the Punch newspapers into one of the most successful media enterprises in Africa. He was one of the leaders interviewed for the book.
The presentation of Voices Beyond the Newsroom would be a gathering of leaders in the media, politics and public service, academia, advertising and the larger business and financial community.
Leaders interviewed in the book cut across various arms of the media. They include Kabiru Yusuf, Segun Osoba, Ajibola Ogunshola, Yemi Ogunbiyi, Nduka Obaigbena, John Momoh, Vincent Maduka, Christopher Kolade, Betty Irabor, and Mohammed Haruna. It includes Kevin Ejiofor, Tony Momoh, Patrick Dele Cole, Adamu Ciroma, Lade Bonuola, Sam Amuka, Dupe Ajayi-Gbadebo, Felix Adenaike and Doyin Abiola.
Also interviewed are Gbenga Adefaye, Femi Adesina, Dan Agbese, Frank Aigbogun, Chidi Amuta, Clem Baiye, Ray Ekpu, Victoria Ezeokoli, Lanre Idowu, Nosa Igiebor and Emeka Izeze. Others are Femi Kusa, Ben Lawrence, Chris Doghudje, Yakubu Mohammed, Henry Odukomaiya, Gbolabo Ogunsanwo, Dapo Olorunyomi, Ademola Osinubi, Garba Shehu and Bilikisu Yusuf.
As one of the key figures of the era interviewed for the book, Ogunshola shares insights into the policy and governance issues at the Punch during his tenure. He also discusses the disputations with military and political leaders and the pressures of running a newspaper business.
Many of the participants have confirmed their attendance at the book launch that promises to bring together key stakeholders in the Nigerian media eco-system and polity.