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DR. Church Solomon Akpan

DR. Church Solomon Akpan

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The Department of Mass Communication took off in the 2012/2013 academic session under the headship of Dr. Church S. Akpan, and Associate Professor of Mass Communication, with an initial student enrollment of forty-eight. Other pioneer lecturers were Dr. Nicholas Nwankpa (Lecturer I), Miss Philomena Umoren (Assistant Lecturer) and Miss Emem Ekanem (Assistant Lecturer). The department provides teaching, research and consultancy services in all areas of mass communication, including print journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, development communication, film, on-line journalism, among others. At present, the department runs a four-year B.A. degree programme and three year direct entry programme in Mass Communication. However, plans are afoot to mount PGD, M.A, and Ph.D programmes in Mass Communication when the University sets up a Postgraduate School.


VISION

To offer a Mass Communication Programme that competes favourably with the best both within and outside Nigeria; to keep aflame the pursuit of knowledge, excellence and the spirit of enquiry; and to offer opportunities for learning, leadership, service and self actualization to both the students and the society at large.


MISSION

The mission of the Mass Communication Department is to train students who are media-literate and skillful in Information and Communication Technology (ICTs). Also, the programme imbues in the students the ability to be knowledgeable in both the theory and practical aspects of Mass Communication.


PHILOSOPHY

The broad philosophy of the programme is to turn out graduates who are well-groomed in every aspect of Mass Communication as a field of study and as a profession. It is one of the core obligations of the programme to produce mass communication graduates who can write well, speak clearly and defend the best usage of words. In the end, what we intend to graduate are faithful stewards of the trust reposed in our profession.

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        Dr. Church Akpan hails from Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He was first appointed as an Assistant Lecturer in 1999 in University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He thereafter grew through the ranks from Lecturer II, Lecturer I, Head of Department and in 2006, he became a Senior Lecturer at University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His stint in the Academia has further taken him to Cross River State University of Technology, Kogi State University, University of Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and presently Akwa Ibom State University. He had his Primary school education in St. Mark’s School Oron and Government Primary School, Utu Etim Ekpo, where on completion in 1966, proceeded to Holy Family College, Abak. He attended the London School of Television Production before proceeding in 1978 to the School of Journalism and Television, Berks, United Kingdom. In 1981, Dr. Church Akpan was admitted to study at the New York Institute of Technology, Manhattan, New York. On completion, he proceeded to Enugu State University of Science/Technology, University of Nigeria Nsukka, as well as University of Uyo. Dr. Church Akpan possesses many Professional Qualifications such as: - Certificate in Television Production - Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication - Advance Diploma in Television Production Dr. Church Akpan belongs to the following Professional Bodies: Member, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) Member, Africa Council on Communication Education (ACCE) Member, Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) He has attended many Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. Dr Church has published nearly 30 International Journals and about 20 National Journals and he has many published books to his credit. He is currently an Associate Professor in Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU).

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        Prof. Mbuk Akpan Mboho hails from Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He attended Qua Iboe Church Secondary School, Etinan and later proceeded to the Kano Institute of Health, before being admitted in 1972 into University of Wisconsin, USA. In 1987, he was admitted into University of Ibadan for further studies, where he obtained his PhD.

        In 1975, Prof Mboho became an Assistant Lecturer in University of Wisconsin. Between 1976, he worked as a Producer at Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS/TV). In 1977, he worked with the Cross Rivers State Ministry of Information, Calabar. Between 1979 and 1981, Prof Mboho was a Lecturer II at the Polytechnic Calabar and grew up to become a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication in January 1985.

        He is a member of the following Professional bodies:

        • Nigerian Institute of Management
        • Institute of Mass Communication,
        • Society of Nigerian Broadcasters
        • Nigeria Union of Journalist
          • Prof. Mbuk Mboho, a distinction student of no mean repute, he has published many International and National Journals. Prof Mboho also has several published books to his credit. He is happily married and is blessed with 3 children.

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        Prof. David Eka hails from Ikot Nkit in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

        He obtained his First Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1974 and thereafter proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for further studies in 1977. The specialisation of Prof. David Eka includes the Phonology of English, Sociolinguistics, General Phonetics, Applied Linguistics and Language Planning.

        In 1977, he was appointed as a Lecturer II in Ahmadu Bello University. In 1987, he worked in the University of Cross River State as a Lecturer I staff and became a Senior Lecturer in University of Uyo between 1988 and 1994. Between 1997 and 2000, he was appointed Professor and Head, Department of English in University of Uyo. Between June 2000 and September 2002, Prof David Eka was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) in University of Uyo.

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        Prof. Godwin Umoette obtained his First Degree in 1985 from Lane College, TN, USA. He obtained his Masters Degree from The Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1989. He earned his PhD in 1995 from Temple University, Pennsylvania, USA.

        His stint in Lecturing has taken him to Ohio State University (Teaching Assistant), Temple University (Teaching Assistant), Central State University, Ohio (Adjunct Instructor), University of Uyo and Akwa Ibom State University respectively.

        Prof. Umoette is a member of several Professional bodies such as:

        • Organisation of American Historians
        • Organisation of Academicians and Practicing Professionals
        • West African Research Association
        • American Political Science Association
        • African-American Heritage Association

        He has attended many Conferences, Seminars and Workshops within and outside Nigeria. Prof. Godwin Umoette, a scholar of no mean repute, has authored several International and local journals. He also has many books to his credit.

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        Dr. Okon Udofot Jacob hails from Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He began his educational life in 1974 at Primary School, Ikot Akpatek and proceeded to Onna People High School, Abat for his secondary education.

        He thereafter proceeded to Institute of Public Policy and Administration, Calabar. In1994, he was admitted to the University of Calabar for his First Degree. On completion of the First Degree and having undergone his NYSC programme, Dr. Jacob returned to the University of Calabar for his Masters and Doctorate programmes.

        He was appointed Assistant Lecturer in 2010 in University of Uyo. He grew to Lecturer II and in 2013, he was appointed as Lecturer I in Akwa Ibom State University, where he equally served as Acting Head of Performing Arts Department.

        Dr. Okon Udofot Jacob has attended many Conferences, Seminars and Workshops within and outside He has authored several International and local journal articles and also has many books to his credit. Dr. Udofot’s creative ability and prowess has been brought to the fore severally in the production of several Drama pieces. He is a Film Director and has decades of experience in the Communication industry.

        He belongs to the following Professional Bodies:

        • Society of Nigerian Theatre Artistes
        • Association of Nigeria Authors
        • National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners/

        Dr. Jacob enjoys Teaching, Directing, Acting, Reading, Writing, Singing and Editing. He is happily married and blessed with children.

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        Dr. Uwem Akpan attended School of Arts and Science, Uyo between 1982 and 1984. He then proceeded to University of Nigeria, Nsukka for his First Degree. In 1993, he was admitted into University of Uyo for his Masters program and in 2002, he sought for admission and was granted by University of Uyo for his Doctoral program, with Broadcasting as his area of Specialisation.

        The working experience of Dr. Uwem Akpan began with Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC) Television Service, where in 1990, he was employed as a News Reporter. He grew to become the Deputy Director (Editorial). He severally worked as a News Producer, News Editor, Sports Editor and Programmes Presenter.

        In 2007, he transferred his service from AKBC to the University of Uyo and recently joined Akwa Ibom State University as a Lecturer.

        Dr. Uwem Akpan has attended many Conferences, Seminars and Workshops within and outside Nigeria. He has authored several International and local Journals. He also has many books to his credit.

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        Dr. Aniekeme Ikon hails from Mbioto 2, Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He had his Diploma in Mass Communication from the Polytechnic Calabar in 1997, before proceeding to University of Uyo in 1998 for his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.

        In 2008, Dr. Ikon was admitted into University of Leicester for his Masters program and in 2010, he did his doctorate degree at University of Leicester.

        Before his appointment into Akwa Ibom State University, Dr Ikon worked as a News Correspondent, Communication Officer and Head of Communication for many Private firms

        Dr. Aniekeme Ikon is a member of the African Council for Communication Education

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        Dr. Barikui Nnaane had his primary education at Primary School II, Bori, Rivers State and in 1993 he went to Community Secondary School, Kaani 1 for his secondary education. In 2002, he was admitted into University of Uyo for his Frist Degree in Communication Arts and in 2007, he got admission into the same University for his Masters program.

        In his quest for further education, in 2014 Dr. Nnaane got admitted into University of Uyo where he did his Ph.D programme. In 2009, Dr. Nnaane was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer in Benson Idahosa University and in 2011, he moved to Afe Babalola University as Lecturer II. He was appointed Lecturer I in Afe Babalola University in 2015 and in latter appointed as a Senior Lecture in Nasarawa State University. He joined the services of Akwa Ibom State University as a Senior Lecturer in 2016.

        Dr. Barikui Nnaane belongs to the following Professional Bodies: - Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, - African Council of Communication Education, - Association of Communication Scholars and Practitioners of Nigeria, - International Communication Association,

        Dr. Barikui Nnaane has attended many Conferences, Seminars and Workshops within and outside Nigeria. He has authored several International and local Journals. He also has many books to his credit. He enjoys reading, writing and jogging.

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        Daniel Calixtus Akarika hails from Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He was admitted into University of Uyo in 1997 for his Bachelors of Arts degree and in 2013, he was admitted into the same University for his Masters program. Daniel Calixtus Akarika is currently a Doctoral student in University of Uyo. He was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer in Akwa Ibom State University in April 2014.

        Daniel Akarika is a member of the African Council for Communication Education as well as the European Centre for Research Development. He has published a number of Journals and he has reading and research as his hobby.

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        Dr. Bassey Esuk Bassey hails from Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He attended Primary School, Edor Eket and moved to Secondary School, Edo Eket for his Secondary School education. He was admitted to do his First Degree in the then university of Cross River State in 1986 and on completion; he was admitted to University of Uyo to do his Masters program. He moved over to University of Port Harcourt to do his Ph.D in Communication Studies 2009.

        In the course of his working career, Dr Bassey has worked as a State Correspondent with the News Agency of Nigeria. While with the News Agency of Nigeria, he grew to become the Deputy Head of Port Harcourt Zonal Office and was also the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of News Agency of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State.

        Dr. Bassey Bassey belongs to the following Professional Bodies: - Nigeria Union of Journalist - Nigeria Institute of Public Relations

        He has a number of publications to his credit and he enjoys listening to Christian music, watching football and playing scrabble. Dr. Bassey Esuk Bassey is happily married and blessed with children.

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        Dr. (Mrs) Philomena Umoren hails from Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. She did her First Degree in University of Uyo and also carried out her Master Degree program with the same University in 2011. Her career stint saw her appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Uyo City Polytechnic in 2003. She grew up to become the Head of Mass Communication Department in that institution. Dr. (Mrs) Umoren is an active member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and she has a number of publications to her credit. She enjoys writing, travelling and meeting people.

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