OAU sets to start offering Mass Communication as a course

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Abideen Muhammed

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has been given an approval to offer mass communication first since its establishment in 1963 (56 years ago).

This was confirmed by some lecturers and students in the school. It was learnt that since the inception of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU ), Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria in 1961, it has refused to offer Mass Communication as a course. Despite this ugly fact, many graduates of OAU found themselves in journalism profession.

One of the students who spoke in confidence claimed it is the only visible achievement of the present Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede.

In may 2018, a senior lecturer in the Department of English Language, Obafemi Awolowo University,, Prof. Rotimi Taiwo, had called for the establishment of a Department of Media and Communication Studies in the university.

He said: “The department, when established, will complement the work of Department of English and reduce the pressure for admission into English. English is the most desired course in the Faculty of Arts. Most students who could not be admitted to study Law, the natural first course of choice for Arts students, end up in the Department of English.”

It is likely that this new development will take effect from next admission. As at the time of filing this report, OJOMEDIALINE learnt that there’s no official release from OAU authority.

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