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About Me

I’m a professor, author, blogger, journalist, and researcher based in Greater Atlanta, USA. I received my B.A. in Mass Communication (with a double minor in English and Political Science) from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, where I won the Nigerian Television Authority Prize for the Best Graduating Student. 

After working as a reporter and news editor (mostly at the Daily Trust, the New Nigerian, and the Daily Triumph), as a researcher/speech writer at the (Nigerian) President's office (between 2002 and 2004), and as a part-time journalism lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic and and a full-time lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, I proceeded to the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA, where I earned my Master of Science degree in Communication (with a minor in English) and won the Outstanding Master's Student in Communication award.
Me in San Francisco, California
At Georgia State University's Department of Communication where I earned my Ph.D. in Communication and taught journalism for 5 years, I also won the top Ph.D. student prize called the "Outstanding Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies Award." I was also the Managing Editor of the Atlanta Review of Journalism History, a refereed academic journal published by Georgia State University's Center for International Media Education (CIME), where I worked as Assistant Director of Research for four years. 

In April, 2014 University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Department of Communication honored me as its "Outstanding Alumnus." And in February 2016, I was honored with Kennesaw State University's School of Communication and Media's Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. For a full list of my awards and honors, check this link.

I'm currently an Associate Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University, Georgia's fastest-growing and third-largest university. (Kennesaw is a suburb of Atlanta). I also write two weekly newspaper columns: "Notes from Atlanta" in the Abuja-based Daily Trust on Saturday and "Politics of Grammar" in the Daily Trust on Sunday. Both columns are simultaneously published on this blog.

I teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in communication, including News Reporting and Writing, Concepts in New Media, Introduction to Mass Communication, Principles of Human Communication, Media Management, Research Methods and Technology, Speech Communication, Public Speaking, Global Journalism, Survey of Global Communication, Communication Theory, and Multimedia Journalism.

My scholarly work on a wide range of communication topics such as online journalism, alternative and citizen journalism, diasporic media, journalistic objectivity, public sphere theory, indigenous language newspaper publishing in Africa, cybercrime, international English usage, online sociability of digital migratory elites, social media journalism, and media theory has appeared in The Review of Communication, New Media & Society, Journal of Global Mass Communication, Journal of Communications Media Studies, Asia Pacific Media Educator, International Symposium on Online Journalism Journal, Howard Journal of Communications, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and in several book chapters. (See a sample of my published scholarly works here). I am also also the author of Glocal English: The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World (2015)

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