Chris Wolumati Ogbondah

Chris Wolumati Ogbondah is a professor of journalism, and was the coordinator of the mass communication program in the department of communication studies, University of Northern Iowa for over 12 years. Ogbondah is the author of The press in Nigeria: An annotated bibliography; Military regimes and the press in Nigeria, 1966-1993; State-press relations in Nigeria, 1993-1998: Human rights and democratic development. He has published articles in the Gazette:International Journal of Communication, Political Communication and Persuasion, Afrika Spectrum, African Issues, Africa Media Review, Public Relations Quarterly and other scholarly journals as well as book chapters on the media in Africa. Professor Ogbondah worked as a news reporter and program producer at the WNTV/WNBS, Ibadan, and Nigerian Television, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He was an assistant editor at The Tide in Port Harcourt, and has worked as a reporter at six American newspapers, including The Grand Rapids Press, Michigan and Lexington News, Missouri. He has been a recipient of American Press Institute Fellowships and American Society of Newspaper Editors Fellowship.

Striking a Balance on Press Freedom in Nigeria: Part 2

April 28, 2013

Although Nigeria’s civilian government has adopted many methods of suppressing the free media from its military predecessors, Chris Ogbondah argues that the crushing brutality of the dictatorship years has subsided – albeit with disturbing exceptions. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here.

Striking a Balance on Media Freedom in Nigeria: Part 1

April 15, 2013

Thirteen years have passed since democratic rule was installed in Nigeria. However, the country is still struggling to establish one core democratic value: media freedom. Change or Continuity? “In 13 years of democratic rule, the culture of democracy is still far from taking firm root in Nigeria. Its tenets are...