Very few communication scholars in Africa are grounded in strategic communication programme development as a specialized area of interest. One of them is Prof. Akeem Mojisola Adeyanju. Nigeria’s communication education landscape rarely has researchers in this area. Prof. Adeyanju has shown class as a top researcher in strategic communication development which is an essential field for all forms of development in Africa and beyond. This is why he has worked as consultant to many international organizations including UNDP, UNICEF, BBC World Service, and Westminster Foundation for Democracy. You might know a lot of Nigerian communication scholars in such popular, regular areas as advertising, public relations, broadcasting, journalism, and the likes. But you rarely hear of a communication researcher focusing on strategic communication. Here is Prof. Adeyanju, a communication scholar of over 22 years experience in this very robust field. Get to know more about him by reading this interesting piece.
Who is Prof. Sola Adeyanju?
Prof. Akeem Mojisola Adeyanju is a Nigerian scholar, lecturer, researcher and consultant. His main focus is on strategic communication programme development, public policy analysis, research, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and networking, and gender mainstreaming. He has over 22 years experience with many local, national and international organisations on programmes and projects concerning media research, development of strategic communication documents, research on girl-child education, women and youth development and child rights.
Prof. Adeyanju’s experience in the field of consultancy is quite intimidating. It shows how well sought-after he is in this specialized research area. He has worked both as researcher, evaluator, editor and consultant to organisations such as UNDP, UNICEF, BBC World Service, Action Aid Nigeria, Aid Foundation, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and so on. You can see he is grounded in his field.
Prof. Adeyanju has an impressive educational pedigree. After successfully completing secondary education in 1982, he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Mass Communication in 1998 and started with Ahmadu Bello University as a Graduate Assistant. He then got a Master’s degree in Political Science in 2001 and a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Ibadan in 2010.
Prof. Adeyanju began his lecturing career in 1998 at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria where he was retained as a graduate assistant after bagging a First Class degree in Mass Communication. He lectured for several years at ABU Zaria before moving over to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, as the Head, Culture, Language and Media, Directorate of Research. He has over 256 publications in local and international journals, an unbelievably intimidating collection which makes him an authority in the specialized field of strategic communication development.
Special Work with EU-SDGN
You may not know that Prof. Adeyanju was among the very few Nigerian scholars that played crucial roles in capacity training for the 2019 elections in Nigeria. This was achieved through his intellectual contributions as a team member in the European Union Suort for Democratice Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) programme . This project was packaged by the European Union in the interest of Nigeria’s democracy. Within the context of the 2016 to 2019 electoral cycle, the EU reaffirmed its priority to continue supporting the process of electoral and democratic reforms that would enhance the capacity of Nigeria’s national institutions to discharge their statutory duties in an efficient, unbiased and non-partisan manner.
Furthermore, the Programme “EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria”, which will span from 2017 to 2021, aims to contribute to the reinforcement of democracy in Nigeria through building strong, effective and legitimate democratic institutions. Prof. Adeyanju is part of this crucial programme. This makes him an exceptionally rare communication scholar.
What you’ve just read can only represent a role model whose accomplishments inspire upcoming Nigerian scholars into the specialized area of strategic communications development and other aspects of development communication. If there are names of Nigerian Professor in Mass Communication that students should memorise for their rare accomplishments, one of them is definitely Prof. Sola Adeyanju.