After a rigorous selection process from a pool of over 2,000 applicants, the School of Media and Communications, Pan-Atlantic University has announced 20 fellows for the second edition of the Media Innovation Programme which began on May 15, 2023. 

Launched in 2022, the six-month fully funded certificate fellowship aims to support media practitioners and promote their understanding of the rapidly changing media landscape.

Addressing the 2023 Fellows, Chief Corporate Officer, Tobechukwu Okigbo, said, “Congratulations to the fellows! The world is constantly changing, and media practice has been altered with advancements in technology. The modern media practitioner needs to remain innovative, which is the essence of the MIP. We have seen the impact of the program among media practitioners and are motivated by the value this cohort will bring to media practice in Nigeria.” 

Also addressing the Fellows, the Dean, of the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Professor Ikechukwu Obiaya, said, “The goal of this program is to help practitioners have a deeper understanding of the nature of the media industry and properly disseminate information that benefits the society.”

The Fellows will engage in learning sessions at the School of Media & Communication, Lagos Business School of Pan-Atlantic University, the University of Witwatersrand, and MTN Nigeria and MTN Group Headquarters. They will also spend time at an innovation hub to incubate ideas.

The Fellows for the second edition of the MTN Media Innovation Programme have been drawn from different media platforms across print, online, and broadcast media. Here are the 20 Fellows participating in the 2023 edition of the MTN Media Innovation Programme:

  • Abbas Jimoh, Assistant Editor, Media Trust Group (Daily Trust Newspapers)
  • Abdulrasheed Hussain, News Editor, Premier Radio 102.7 FM Kano
  • Adediran Olufemi Adeleke, Correspondent, New Telegraph Newspaper
  • Anuoluwapo Temitope Odubanjo, Founder/Content Writer, FabWoman Nigeria
  • Ayomide Oguntimehin, Chief Editor, 
  • Babajide Awoyinfa, Principal Correspondent, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
  • Basit Jamiu, Human Interest and Diaspora News Editor, Legit Nigeria
  • Chinedu Chidi, Editor, Special Projects, Ripples Nigeria
  • Chinenye Francisca Anuforo, ICT Correspondent, The Sun Newspapers
  • David Michael Oputah, Managing Editor, BizWatch Nigeria Limited
  • Elizabeth Modupeoluwa Musa, TV Producer/ Presenter, News Central Television
  • Emmanuel Erhunwhunse Paul, Managing Editor, TechPoint
  • Ezinne Glory Alozie, Reporter/Editor/News Producer, Darling 107.3FM
  • Frank Eleanya, Business Day 
  • Okonji Emmanuel, ICT Editor, ThisDay Newspapers
  • Okoye Ukamaka Perpetua, West Africa Correspondent, Deutsche Welle (DW)
  • Oluwaseun Efunnuga, Marketing and Content Associate, Pulse Nigeria
  • Todah Opeyemi, Senior Editor, Zikoko Citizen
  • Victor Ogunyinka, Managing Editor, Online, Nigerian Tribune
  • Victory Wilson Chinedum, NewsCaster/ Tv Presenter/ Producer, Silverbird Television 

Congratulations to all the finalists. They’re in for an exciting experience.

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