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NIJ gets new provost

THE Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) has approved the appointment of Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye as the Provost, and Mr. Jide Johnson as the Deputy Provost of the institution. The appointment, which takes effect from March 2, 2015, according to the Council is part of the commitment to further reposition the institution and uphold the spirit of excellence the journalism school is reputed for in media practice, management and scholarship. 

  Ogunleye, a professional journalist, an educationist, media scholar, an astute administrator, barrister at law and a foremost editor of reputable newspaper in Nigeria, has over 32 years experience in media management and legal practice. He is bringing a fresh and unique perspective to media scholarship and management in Nigeria and Africa. 

   He succeeds Dr. (Mrs) Elizabeth Ikem whose tenure expires at the end of February 2015. Ogunleye is currently the Deputy Director of News, TVC News International. Before this, he was Director, News and Current Affairs, TVC, Chief Standards Editor and Associate. He was once the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Punch newspaper, Editor, Daily Times, Features Editor, A.M News, Acting Features Editor, The Guardian Times and the pioneer Head, Corporate Communications, Arik Air. 

   Ogunleye, a Barrister at Law, holds a Master of Science degree in Media and Communication from the Pan Atlantic University, Bachelors of Law and Letters degree from Lagos State University, Post graduate diplomas in journalism and education. He is a graduate of Linguistics, University of Benin. He is married and blessed with children. 

   The Deputy Provost, Johnson is a teacher, a coach and author and instructor in media audience scholarship. He graduated from the University of Lagos with Bachelor and Masters Honours’ degree in Mass Communication. He is also a graduate of Daystar Leadership Academy with Basic and Advance certificate in Leadership.

   He is currently the Head, Mass Communication department of the institution and editorial board member of Hallmark Newspaper.

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