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Ikechukwu Williams Eke

Assistant Professor

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Eke, an assistant professor of communication sciences, joined AUN in 2014. He has taught sundry courses in the Department of Communication & Multimedia Design, CMD. He was editor of the CMD News website. Eke has also taught and mentored students in college writing, eventually coordinating the writing foundation course.

Eke earned a PhD in Communication Sciences at the North-West University, Mafikeng, South Africa. He holds an MA in Communication & Language Arts from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. 

His PhD thesis, “Exploring the Impact of BBC News Igbo on the Revitalization of Igbo Language,” draws on the paucity of research into the impact of digital technologies on African journalism and languages to investigate the effectiveness of deploying the new media for the revitalization of indigenous African languages. Igbo language, of course, has completely lost the print media domain; it has a negligible presence in the broadcast media; and, per UNESCO, it could be extinct by 2050.

Before he joined AUN, Eke was editor, news reporter, sub-editor, copy editor, features editor, and guest columnist. His journalistic and literary work has appeared in VanguardThe SunNew AgeThe WesternerNigerian TribuneThe Salt, and several other special-interest magazines.

His research interest is in journalism/media studies, mass media/digital media audience, indigenous/minority language media, and workplace communication.

His research interest is in journalism/media studies, mass media/digital media audience, indigenous/minority language media, and workplace communication

WRI 321 (Preparation of Written and Oral Reports)
WRI 300 (Writing in the Disciplines)
CMD 120 (Writing for the Mass Media)
CMD 312 (Theories of Communication)
CMD 224 (Online/Digital Journalism)
CMD 324 (Editorial and Critical Writing)
CMD 221 (News Writing and Reporting)
CMD 225 (Business Communications)
WRI 101 (Freshman Composition 1).

Journals

Assessing Women’s Participation in Nigerian Column Writing (2021): Fountain Journal of Management & Social Sciences. Vol. 10(1).

Uses and Gratification in Newspaper Columns: A Thematic and Functional Analysis of   Readers’ Reactions to Mike Awoyinfa’s Press Clips (2014): International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science. Vol. 2 No 9, Pp. 157-165, ISSN: 2307-924X

Brown Envelope Syndrome and the Future of Journalism in Nigeria (2014): International  Interdisciplinary Journal of Scientific Research. Vol. 1 No 1, Pp. 150-156, ISSN: 2200-9833.

Books

Ode to Gani (1938-2009): How the World Remembers Nigeria’s Most Powerful Lawyer and  Human Rights Colossus (A hagiography of the late Nigerian legal luminary, Gani Fawehinmi– in press).   

Book Chapter

Eke, I.W. (2019). “Weaponizing Music for Political Contestation and Rivalry in Nigeria” In Onyebadi, T. O. (ed.). Music and Messaging in the African Political Arena. Hershey PA: IGI Global.

Conferences

Eke, I.W. (2021). “Analysis of Social Media Users’ Attitudes to Fake News in Nigeria” In Proceedings of the Social Media, Fake News and Hate Speech Conference, IndigenousLanguage Media in Africa (ILMA) Research Entity, Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, Mahikeng, South Africa, July 22-23.

Participant, Doctoral Congress in Mass Communication (DoCoMaCo), 10-11 April 2021, School of Communications, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

Eke, I.W. (2018). “Assessing Women’s Participation in Column Writing: An Analysis of Lanre Idowu’s ‘Nigerian Columnists and Their Art’” In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of the Gender Studies Programme/WAFIRA 2018, the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, July 29.

Eke, I.W. “Analysing Social Media Users’ Understanding of Fake News in Nigeria.”  Paper has been accepted for presentation at the “Social Media, Fake News and Hate Speech” conference to be organized by the Indigenous Language Media in Africa, ILMA, North-West  

University, Mafikeng, South Africa between July 1-2, 2020.

Book Reviews

  1. Daily Star in the past, present and future.” Daily Sun 28 Feb. 2006: 26.
  2. “Understanding Exam Malpractices.” The Westerner 24 Aug. 2009: 43.
  3. “The Secret of Lawal’s Secrets.” The Westerner 1 March 2010. 30.
  4. “Ajaja Tears Down the Iron Curtains.” The Westerner 15 March 2010. 30.
  5. “In Six Graves to Munich, the Deed Done by the Seven Must Be Paid for by the Seven.” The Westerner 5 April 2010.