Prof. Ike Nwosu was one of Africa’s most innovative Mass Communication scholars and the first Professor of Mass, Integrated and Marketing Communication in Nigeria. He was an iconic mass communication scholar. While a relatively young academician in the 1980s, he wanted to succeed Frank Ugboajah of the University of Lagos as arguably Nigeria’s most engaging Mass Communication researcher. His quest to achieve the foregoing became an incentive that spurred him to the top. This unique personality contributed to the rise of journalism in Nigeria, setting a standard that should be the yardstick for success in this field.
Charged with vigour and vitality, Prof. Ikechukwu Nwosu, Africa’s most prolific Mass Communication scholar, made himself available and was very supportive till his last breath. He was credited with reviving the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), Nigeria chapter in the late 1990s. He introduced and developed the Public Relations Programme in the Marketing Department of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC) where he lectured until his death. He was Continental President and National Coordinator of ACCE. He was also National Chairman of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations.
Prof. Nwosu was one of the strong pillars in communication education in Nigeria. He died in May, 2011, at the age of 65.