Thursday , January 20 2022

ACSPN Unveils First Diaspora Visiting Fellow

The Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), has welcomed its first Diaspora Visiting Fellow (DVF).

He is Dr Adebayo Fayoyin, a lecturer, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Fayoyin is a Development Communications Expert/Regional Adviser, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Johannesburg, South Africa, and he is the first Diaspora Visiting Fellow of ACSPN. The initiative is a volunteer service, with Fellows as ACSPN Ambassadors.


This information was contained in a memo signed by the Secretary of ACSPN, Nosa Prof Owens-Ibie.

During his tenure which commences first in September 2019, but fully from November 2019, he would be based primarily at the ACSPN Secretariat, Department of Mass Communication, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, where all applications for his invitation through the ACSPN mailbox, are to be directed.


Dr Fayoyin has achieved this feat, with qualifications, competencies and a track record as a professional and academic, to impact the Nigeria communication and media environment. They include:


  • Almost 30 years of professional experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public information and social and behavior change communication interventions for a wide range of public health and development issues, including his current role as. Regional Adviser, Media, Advocacy and Health Communications, UNFPA East and Southern Africa region Johannesburg, South Africa;  as former Regional Specialist, Communication for Development till 2011; and UNICEF East and Southern Africa regional office, Technical Hub for HIV Prevention in Johannesburg, South Africa;
  • Twenty years of full-time, visiting and honorary teaching, curriculum development and research supervision/examination for undergraduate and post graduate students experience in tertiary institutions and professional organizations in Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa.
  • PhD Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • MA Public Policy and Management, University of York, UK.
  • MA International Law and Diplomacy, University of Lagos.
  • MSc Strategic Management, University of Derby, UK
  • MSc International Relations, University of Ife, (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) Nigeria.
  • BSc Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Graduate diploma & certificate in International and Community Development Studies, Deakin University, Australia
  • Diploma in Community-based Prevention, Management and Treatment of HIV and AIDS, Galilee College, Israel
  • Diploma in Criminal Justice Administration, School of Public Law, University of Lagos (Distinction)
  • Certificate in Strategic Communications and Public Relations Programme, International School of Communication, London, UK
  • Certificate in Advances in Social Norms, University of Pennsylvania, USA (High Distinction)
  • Certificate in HIV Programme and Counselling, University of South Africa, Pretoria
  • Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication for Behavioral Impact in Health and Social Development (IMC/COMBI), New York University, USA
  • Certificate in International Interdisciplinary Studies on Children’s Right, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Certificate in Social Mobilization Programme, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Certificate in Training for Trainers, International Institute for Journalism, Berlin, Germany
  • He has published (severally or jointly), four books, 13 journal articles, 14 book chapters, four creative booklets, seven research briefs, six working papers, seven training handbooks/manuals, and presented over 37 papers in conferences, workshops and seminars in Nigeria and internationally.


Dr Fayoyin is currently Deputy General Editor, Communication Cultures in Africa (CCA) – the open access journal of ACSPN hosted by University of Winchester, UK, and the ACSPN Diaspora Coordinator, South and East Africa.


The ACSPN Diaspora Visiting Fellowship (ACSPN DVF) was launched on April 19, 2019. On May 7, 2019, we rolled out information on how groups, institutions (governmental and non-governmental), organisations, local and international agencies, and governments can benefit from the programme


According to Prof. Owens-Ibie, “those who would wish to invite Dr Fayoyin during his tenure as ACSPN DVF, are required to send their specific request and proposed dates to

“All such requests can only be processed through the ACSPN Secretariat which is in charge of his schedule throughout his tenure.

“ACSPN welcomes Dr Fayoyin to the country of his birth – Nigeria, congratulate him on the honour, and encourage equally competent, qualified and endowed academics and/or professionals in the diaspora, to enlist in this volunteer scheme, to give back to this country with so much potential.”


About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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