UNILAG hosts international communications festival

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In a collaborative effort between the Unilag Mass Communication Alumni Association (UMCAA) and the University of Lagos, an International Communications Festival is slated to unfold from April 16th to 18th, 2024.

 

The festival, envisioned as a homecoming for graduates of the Mass Communication department, promises to be a lively affair, serving as a platform for alumni to converge and exchange ideas aimed at advancing the communication profession for the betterment of the country.

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With the recent elevation of the department to faculty status following the unbundling of Mass Communication by the federal government, the event will also commemorate this milestone.

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Mr. Wale Williams, President of the UMCAA, expressed enthusiasm about alumni returning to their alma mater to reconnect, share experiences, and contribute to the department’s continued growth and development.

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Highlights of the festival include the second edition of the UMCAA Entrepreneurship Competition, offering startup support to three winning teams and their ventures, alongside a three-day product exhibition at the department.

 

Notable figures within the industry, such as producer Remi Ogunpitan of IBST and Hollywood filmmaker Ose Oyamendan, are slated to lead Town meets Gown colloquia during the first two days of the event.

 

Day two will feature discussions led by veteran journalist Mr. Ted Iwere and Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu, Director General of the National Orientation Agency, focusing on business and new media respectively.

 

Furthermore, days one and two will feature two Town meets Gown colloquia per day with the very successful producer Remi Ogunpitan of IBST and Hollywood filmmaker Ose Oyamendan taking the first day. Day two will have a veteran and former Managing Director of Independent Newspapers, Mr Ted Iwere talk about business on the second day and Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency will speak on New Media & National Orientation.

 

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The third day will host the 6th edition of the Association’s Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) by Mr Simon Kolawole, publisher of The Cable online who will speak on the burning topic ‘The Dilemma between Journalism & Activism’.

The President of the Association further stated that invitations are being sent to all Communication institutions in Nigeria to join virtually to participate in the lectures.
Students at the department will be offered speed mentoring whereby experienced members of the association will mentor them in different booths on the first two days. The event hopes to reawaken the need to develop the right communication channels for the growth of the nation.

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