Abdul Amin Mousa
Assistant Professor, Film and Television
ABDUL AMIN MOUSA is an award winning Independent filmmaker and educator. He was born and raised in Sierra Leone, where completed his undergraduate studies at Fourah Bay College, and later pursued graduate studies at Howard University in Washington DC, USA. Abdul has served as producer, director and editor in the Washington DC metropolitan area, working for media production companies including Discovery Communications, MCI WorldCom Multimedia, and Innovative Technologies, Inc. He has also served as freelance media practitioner for various organizations. Before joining the faculty of AUN, Abdul served as Director and Post-production editor for the African Magazine, a weekly television program on news, socio-economic, cultural, and educational events in Africa and the African Diaspora, broadcast by the mHz (Megahertz-Virginia Corporation for Public Broadcasting). Winner of the prestigious Paul Robeson Award for Creative Excellence, Abdul was also Professor of Digital Filmmaking and Video production, at the Art Institute of Washington, Sanford Brown College and the Columbia School of Broadcasting in the United States.
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Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
Chair, Communications & Multimedia Design Program
Jacob’s research interest is located at the intersection between communications and global change in contemporary society. How can communications be used to solve social, political and environmental problems in contemporary society? How are communication interventions localised, encountered and contested in crises societies - particularly in Africa? What are the cultural, social and political impacts of new communication technologies in contemporary society? These are the core questions he seeks to answer.
Education & Career
Jacob holds a PhD in Strategic Communications from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. His doctoral research on the UN's public information operations was supervised by the eminent Professor Phillip M. Taylor. Prior to Leeds, Jacob studied at the Richardson Institute for Peace and Conflict Research, Lancaster University, United Kingdom. He has a BA (Hons) in Communication Arts from the University of Uyo in Nigeria.
Jacob started his academic career as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds where he managed and taught the PG module ‘Communications and Global Change’and the UG module ‘Communications and Conflicts in the Information Age’.
In addition to his teaching and research, he has consulted for several businesses and organisations in Europe and Africa.
Current Teaching and Research
Jacob presently teaches courses in communication research and applied communications as it relates to intercultural relations and peace journalism. He has facilitated training on Peace Journalism for Journalists covering the Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria. He is also an accredited Intercultural Communication trainer in the Cultural Detective Approach.
Jacob presently leads the Radio intervention component of a USAID-funded Technology Enhanced Learning for All (TELA) project in North-East Nigeria. He also leads the historical narratives component of the project, Protecting Human Rights and Religious Freedom Through Peace and Reconciliation in a Post Conflict Environment, funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. He has recently completed a research on Mobile Telephony and the Boko Haram insurgency as part of the ICTs & Governance in Africa research project of the Programme on Comparative Media Law & Policy (PCMLP) at Oxford University and the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York).
Jacob is presently Chair of the Communications and Multimedia Design Program and Associate Dean in the School of Arts & Science. He is also the AUN liaison of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.
Jacob, J.U. (2016) Convincing Rebel Fighters to Disarm: UN Information Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Degruyter, Berlin.
Jacob, J.U. & Akpan, I., (2015). ‘Silencing Boko Haram: Mobile Phone Blackout and Counterinsurgency in Nigeria’s Northeast region’. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. 4(1), p.Art. 8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/sta.ey
Jacob, J.U. (2015) ‘Influencing the Information Domain: The UN’s Information Intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo’, in Winston Mano (Ed.) Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa. I.B.Tauris
Jacob, J.U. (2014)‘Transforming Conflicts with Information: Impacts of UN Peace Radio programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo’. War & Society, Vol. 33, No 4. DOI:10.1179/0729247314Z.00000000043
Jacob, J.U. (2013) ‘Energizing Visual Cultures: Sociotechnical Processes to achieve customer engagement and behaviour change’. Metering International. Issue 4:pp36-39
Macdonald, I.W. and Jacob U. J. (2011) ‘Lost and gone forever? The search for early British screenplays’. Journal of Screenwriting. 2:2, pp. 161-177, doi: 10.1386/josc.2.2.161_1
Jacob, J.U.(2011) ‘Battling Radical Islamist Propaganda in Somalia: The Information Intervention Option’. Small Wars Journal. Vol. 7, No. 5.
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Ikechukwu W. Eke
Ikechukwu W. Eke is a 2005 graduate of Mass Communication at the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria. He also bagged a master’s degree in Communication and Language Arts at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2012. Prior to joining the American University of Nigeria in the spring of 2014, Eke worked as a reporter, sub-editor, book editor, copy editor, and magazine columnist in different reputable print media organizations in Lagos, Nigeria. His research interest is in Journalism, in which he has published a couple of scholarly articles.
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Abubakar Abba Tahir
Abubakar Abba Tahir is currently a doctoral research fellow in Mass Communication at his alma mater, the University of Maiduguri from where he earned a foundation degree in the same area in 1989. He also holds an MA in Special English from Federal University of Technology Yola. He pursued a journalism and PR career for 31 years spanning radio, television, newspaper press and institutional PR. He began as News Assistant with NTA Yola in 1983; served as Information Officer in the Nigerian Presidency in Lagos (1989-1990); worked as Senior Staff Writer for Hotline Magazine Kaduna (1990-1991); Reporter, News Editor, Foreign Affairs Editor, etc. with Voice of Nigeria Radio Lagos (1991-1999). From 1999-2003 he served as General Manager and CEO of Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation Yola. Abba has been an Editorial Advisor and Columnist for Newspage Newspapers Abuja from 2008 until 2009. He has been a Director on the Board of Gotel Communications since inception in 2008. At the start of AUN in 2003, he founded the PR and Admissions departments and led the intuition's inaugural campaign to select the first set of students from around Nigeria, Cameroun and Ghana. In the first seven years at AUN, he variously served as Interim Director of Admissions (2004-2005), Director of PR & Marketing (2004-2005), Director of Public Affairs (2006-2009), and Associate Director for Enrolment Services (2009-2010), Director of PR & Communications (2010-2011) and in April 2011 he was promoted to the post of Assistant Vice-President for Public Affairs. He has attended several professional development courses in Nigeria and abroad: TV College Jos (1983); Radio Nigeria Training School (1994)); Administrative Staff College of Nigeria Badagry (1996); Deutsche Welle Broadcast Academy, Cologne, Germany (2000); American University Washington (2006); Centre for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Washington (2007). His teaching interests cover public speaking, broadcast journalism, public relations and marketing communications. Abba is Founding President of Konngol Silvertongue, a Public Speech Training and Event Management outfit in Yola.
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Dr. Joseph Sule Rishante
Visiting Associate Professor
Dr. Joseph Sule Rishante is a Visiting Associate Professor who holds a Master Degree from Manchester Polytechnic UK and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, NY. He has worked with the Nigerian Television Authority and several Universities as Designer, Film Animator and Researcher. He has published widely in scholarly journals and participated in several funded international research projects. He is a winner of several awards through years of meritorious service as Chair of Media and Communication Programs and Dean of Faculties. He is passionate about teaching, research and community service.
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Presly Ogheneruke Obukoadata
Presly Ogheneruke Obukoadata has put in about a decade in guiding students to achieving their educational goals at the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, International Institute of Journalism, National Open University of Nigeria and American University of Nigeria, Yola. He is an experienced newspaper reporter, radio programme presenter. He has bias for media studies, development communication and marketing communications. He has authored over twenty-five scholarly papers and currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Uyo. He is a member of several professional bodies such as the International Society for Development and Sustainability, Japan; Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Nigerian Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), African Council for Communication Educators (ACCE) amongst others. He teaches courses in advertising, public relations and communication research. He earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in mass communication at the Delta State University, Abraka and University of Uyo, Nigeria.
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Multimedia Journalism Instructor
Ibanga Isine is one of Nigeria's best investigative journalists and editor and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts and a Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
With extensive experience in print, broadcast and multi-media journalism, Mr. Isine has a keen instinct for investigations and special reports.
He has worked for the Nigerian Television Authority, Channel 12, Uyo, and Punch Newspapers, moving from correspondent to chief correspondent and bureau chief.
He took on a government role as special assistant, media and administration to the Hon. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development but returned to Leadership Newspapers in 2012 where he was appointed Group Editor Investigations and later served as pioneer editor to the new weekly ‘Government’.
He moved to GuardPost as editor in 2013 and is currently Regional Editor, South at Premium Times - Nigeria’s most respected and authoritative newspaper.
Mr. Isine has published three academic journal articles including one in an international journal.
He has escaped several attempts on his life, arrested, beaten and detained on many occasions by security agents on account of his investigative reports and was listed among the world’s endangered journalists as far back as 2004.
He was honoured at the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism in 2014 and in 2015; he won the CNN Multichoice African Journalist Award in the News Impact Category.
Apart from his remarkable investigative reports, he has interviewed two sitting Nigerian Presidents - Mr. Goodluck Joanthan and Mr. Muhamadu Buhari.
Danielle Villasana is an award-winning documentary photographer whose personal projects focus on gender, identity, social politics and health. She is currently a member of the Emerging Talent Roster at Getty Images Reportage.
Before attending college, Danielle traveled through more than thirty countries in Europe and West Africa, photographing along the way. After meeting a photojournalist in Ghana, she realized that photography combined with discovery, cross-cultural communication and a desire to spread awareness about global issues equates to journalism.
Dr. Margee Ensign
President/ Guest Lecturer
Dr. Margee Ensign, the president of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, is a Guest Lecturer of Intercultural Communications in the Communications and Multimedia Design, CMD, program. She also leads the Adamawa Peace Initiative, API, a Yola-based response to the violence in northeastern Nigeria. Dr. Ensign has been recognized internationally for her pioneering work at AUN. One of such recognitions is the 2011 African Leadership Award in Educational Excellence she got from the London-based African Leadership Magazine.
Dr. Ensign has worked in Africa for fifteen years, during which, among other key responsibilities, she served as an advisor to the governments of Uganda and Rwanda. She co-authored Rwanda: History and Hope, a book she and an AUN Trustee and Tulane University Professor, Dr. William Bertrand, document Rwanda’s rebuilding efforts since 1994. She is also co-editor of Confronting Genocide in Rwanda and author of Doing Good or Doing Well? Japan’s Foreign Aid Program and Images, and Behavior of Private Bank Lending to Developing Countries.
The third president of AUN, Dr. Ensign earned her Bachelor of Arts, BA, from New College in Florida, and her Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, in International Political Economy from the University of Maryland. She began her academic and administrative career at Columbia University in New York City. There, she combined roles of Professor of Politics and Economics with Director of the International Political Economy Program.
Dr. Ensign, who hails from Columbia, became Director of the United States Agency for International Development’sDevelopment Studies Program at Tulane University and a Professor at Tulane’s International Development Program. She has also taught as Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and American University, both in Washington D.C.
Prior to joining AUN, Dr. Ensign served as Dean of the School of International Studies and Associate Provost for International Initiatives at the University of the Pacific, California. She also set up the University of the Pacific’s undergraduate and graduate programs in social entrepreneurship, inter-American studies, and intercultural relations, in addition to establishing the Gerber Lecture Series that attracted such globally renowned speakers as Archbishop (emeritus) Desmond Tutu of South Africa, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya of Uganda, President César Gaviria of Colombia and Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway.
Forsensic Criminologist, Security Consultant
Lionel Rawlins is a Forensic Criminologist, Security Consultant & former US Marine. He has consulted for various organizations & countries and led seminars on security & safety. He delivers guest lectures on Intercultural Communications, Identity & Conflict.