Archive for October, 2009

RIBADU: The Battle of Spin Doctors

Spin doctor is a slang which describes a person who publicizes favorable interpretations of the words and actions of a public figure, especially a politician. Surprisingly public relations persons object to being described as such because they believe the phrase has derogatory connotation and is more appropriate for those who specialize in turning black to […]

As GSM Operators Converge for GSMA

GSMA is the global trade association representing more than 690 GSM mobile phone operators across 214 territories and countries of the world. This year’s event comes up February 11th – 14th in Barcelona, Spain. The primary goals of the GSMA are to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing […]

Shekarau: The Spokesperson’s Defence

“Polling in the Line of Fire” presumptuously argues that the violence that trailed Kano’s council polls was triggered by Shekarau’s intransigent misreading of Kano’s electoral swing moods and Kwankwaso’s garrison politics mentality. My interest is where Shekarau’s name was mixed-up those of desperate political gangsters because it simply does not add up. After reading and […]

A Memo to Nigerian Media

It is a universal testament that the media apart from being a pace setter is also a society mirror. Therefore those who are involved in the business are supposed not only to be knowledgeable and imbued with strong character, they must also posses the fear of God and allow it to be their guiding principle […]

Online Journalism and Media Terrorism

As we look back across the heyday of decadence in Anambra State, when renegades had their ways because of the actions of an acquiescent President, and frankly seek to assess the roles of individuals, we may stumble into names like Mr. Ikenna Ellis Ezenekwe. Even from America where he was based, he carried his own […]

Going to Public Office

It may interest every PR practitioner the appointment of media person and editor as the spokesperson to the new President Yar’Adua. r. Segun Adeniyi former Editor Thisday newspaper has this to say on his appointment: It was a moment of crucial decision, one that could alter the course of my life, one way or another. […]

An echo no longer a voice: Journalist in government

Vanguard Sunday, July 08, 2007 Frankly Speaking Existence determines consciousness; where you stand determines your perception—Herbert Marcuse, 1967 Lecture at Brandeis University, USA. THIS column could easily have been titled From watchdog of masses to guard dog of government or even Their masters’ voices and any of it would have been appropriate. Indeed it took […]

Nigerian Journalists And Dirty Jobs

The journalist should always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice and corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always opposed to privileged class and plunderers, never lacked sympathy with the poor, always devoted to the public welfare, never satisfied with merely printing news, always be dramatically independent, never […]

When An Editor Becomes The Spokesperson

A Few years ago, a seemingly harmless piece of information was leaked to the press on the reappointment of some public officers into the board of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). As the spokesperson of the organization, I got wind of the development from media sources. Instead of encouraging them to use […]

Square peg in a square hole

Olusegun Adeniyi is Nigeria’s latest Tony Snow. And who is that? He’s American President George Bush’s spokesman. Analysing the performance in office of Mr Snow so far, one foreign columnist did not only praise how well this spokesman handled the press (The Snow Show, she had called it), she also praised how well he projected […]