Odukomaiya’s reminiscences at ACSPN History Series
The maiden edition of the Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) History Series (AHS) was held at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Lagos last week featuring 82-year old Prince Henry Odukomaiya, former editor, Daily Times, former Managing Director, Concord and Champion Newspapers as guest speaker. It was attended by 380 NIJ diploma and postgraduate students, 27 members of staff and 17 other ACSPN members. Recounting his personal experiences in journalism training, practice and management, the revelations by the senior journalist had strong impression on psychological and physiological making of most participants.
“The lecture today by Prince Henry Odukomaiya was quite impressive and interesting. He actually told the story of his life that would serve as a ladder for upcoming journalists to climb to their future. As a practicing cub reporter that I am today, Mr. Henry Odukomaiya has become a role model to my career from today.” said Ngozi Ogboli, a student of Nigerian Institute of Journalism.
For the Director, Programmes, Lagos State Television, Yinka Kadri, the programme was “Inspirational and motivational. Students aspiring to take up mass communication, journalism as a profession are exposed to the lives of those whohave passed through that road. They are opportune to learn and take something away from the experiences of the guest speaker, they can use when planning their own careers. I believe this is yet another milestone for ACSPN to meet the growing diverse demands of aspiring young journalists of the millennium.”
Another student of the NIJ, Khadijat Abdullai Ahmadu, described her experience in these words “Very educative and innovative programme. It helped me to appreciate the profession properly. Understanding the Prince’s personal challenge and history on the field has made me have more appreciation on my own journalism pursuit.”
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