Recently I was privileged to attend a new conference gathering Nigeria’s best in the field of journalism, and online media reportage and blogging.
The mid-year conference was organised by AOL Nigeria in collaboration with UNESCO, Google Nigeria and the School of Media and Communications, Pan African University (PAU) and brought together industry professionals and aspiring female student journalists from across the country. This was the first ever of its kind and was held at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street in Victoria Island.
Moderators and seasoned journalists Adesuwa Onyenokwe and Adaura Achuma gave opening speeches about their journeys in the world of journalism, followed by the Conference director Yomi Owope, who also gave a welcome address to all the women present.
Highlights included speakers such as the Dean of the School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Professor Emevwo Biakolo, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundations, veteran journalist Monique Villa, who touched on how the influence of women in the industry, saying that “Women always bring the human interest angle to news stories. The conference was filled with moments of truth and gems of knowledge such as this.
Other notable speakers included former BBC journalist, Kadaria Ahmed who launched the panel discussion on insights around how to improve the practice of journalism in Nigeria. Nigeria Info FM ‘s own Tolulope Adeleru moderated a mentoring session with online journalists and bloggers Ono Bello, Taiwo Obe, Abang Mercy, Tosin Ajibade providing insights on media entrpreneurship, blogging, social media reporting verses traditional journalism.
An insightful day with lively discussion which attracted a number of questions and comments from the audience.
We look forward to next year’s conference.