UNN Benefits As Prime Business Africa Kick-starts Journalism  Mentorship Project

*Appoints Student Editor, Sets Up Campus Editorial Board*

LAGOS, Nigeria, February 9, 2022,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-In line with its vision of building  sustainable practice in Africa, leading multi-media newspaper, Prime Business Africa  has launched its Journalism Mentorship Project (JMP) and  appointed first-ever Student Editor on the continent.

Guided  by the editorial management team of the newspaper, the Campus Editor, Miss Success Ezeobi, of the Mass Communication Department, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), will work closely with a seven-man Campus Editorial Board carefully screened and selected with the help of Journalism teachers and other student writers.

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Prime Business Africa, Dr Marcel Mbamalu, who was present during the screening and selection process at the Mass Communication Department of UNN on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, said the project is in line with with the newspaper’s philosophy of ingraining pure  ethics and passion in budding journalists. Speaking to hundreds of Journalism students who gathered to witness the rigourous process of  selection at UNN, Dr Mbamalu described Journalism as “a calling  to  courageous and patriotic vocation in development”  and urged the young trainee journalists to be more “intentional” about their calling.

Dr Mbamalu, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Newstide Publications Limited, publishers of Prime Business Africa, thanked the Head of the Department of Mass Communication at UNN, Professor Joseph Wogu, Journalism teachers, Dr Chidiebere Nwachukwu, Dr Luke Anorue and Dr Michael Ukonu, for “going the extra mile in ensuring that students willing to  horn their journalism skills” got a good chance to do so. He promised to ensure that Prime Business Africa’s Journalism Mentorship Programme for budding Journalists remains sustainable.

He said  the programme would be subsequently extended to Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal and other neighbouring countries.The new Campus Editorial Board is led by the Campus Editor,  Miss  Ezeobi, Deputy Campus Editor, Mr Emmanuel Eze,  Assistant Campus Editor, Elijah Akuma.The other five Board Members are:  Blessing Azoribe, Fortune Nwokedi, Peace Agbo, and Nneoma Goodness.

Supervised by Prime Business Africa’s editorial management team, the  Campus Editorial Board will function to generate contents on Youth Leadership matters, Entertainment, Tech, Sports and  Education-based issues. 

Responding to her appointment, the new campus Editor, Miss Ezeobi thanked Dr Mbamalu and  Prime Business for the “opportunity to start out early.” 

She described  Journalism Mentorship Project  as a game changer for African youths whose dream is to become professional journalists. “I am grateful for this rare opportunity to be appointed Campus Editor of an high-profile newspaper like  Prime Buisness Africa,” said Miss Ezeobi. ” My heart leaps with joy, because I am very certain that this project will go a long way in reawakening  the true essence of Journalism in the hearts of Nigerian youths.

“I have, before now, been saddened by the very scanty  efforts to raise up budding journalists ready to do something  within their capacity to ensure an improved  society. But today, I can  see a new dawn; I’m assured that this project will spur journalism to it’s apogee, not only in Nigeria but in the whole of Africa,” she concluded.

Miss Ezeobi, a certified content writer of the prestigious Standard Skills Academy, possesses bestoke skills in writing and a demonstrated  passion for the English language. Her zeal for impacting lives and driving change in young minds makes work as  part-time tutor instilling  knowledge in her fellow students and preparing them for the future.She is widely known within the university community for high-level creativity in handling works of  Arts and in showing  great interest in spurring change in the field of Journalism. Dr Nwachukwu, in joe comments described Miss Ezeobi’s appointment as “a practical expression of the much-touted collaboration between town and gown. It offers our students an invaluable access to the mentorship and hands-on training that will turn them into well-rounded journalists, able to meet the challenges of a fast-paced 21st century journalism practice,” he said.” I am immensely grateful to Dr. Mbamalu, publisher of Prime Business Africa for making our department the first beneficiary of his Africa-wide mentorship programme for journalism students.”

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Prime Business Africa

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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