Veteran Journalist, Dele Momodu Honoured with Oxford University Fellowship

By Eric Elezuo
The Chairman, Ovation Media Group, publishers of Ovation International magazine and Boss Newspapers, Chief Dele Momodu, has been honoured with a fellowship of the prestigious Oxford University, United Kingdom.
According to statement from the school, and made available to the accomplished scholar, he “returns to his first love, academia, in February 2019, as an Academic Visitor, at the instance of University of Oxford, England.”
The wonderful news was conveyed to Momofu who is one of Africa’s most accomplished Publishers by Director of The African Studies Centre, and Rhodes Professor of Race Relations at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, Professor Wale Adebanwi.
Revealing he great news in a letter written in January 2019, Professor Adebanwi said:
“I am happy to inform you that the Management Committee of the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK, has approved your request for an Academic Visitor status at the Centre in the Hillary and Trinity Terms, 2019 – that is, between February and July 2019.
Among many academic endeavours Momodu will be involved with while at Oxford include working on a book manuscript based on his experiences as a journalist, writer, publisher and social media activist entitled “Celebrity Journalism and the Social Media in Contemporary Africa”.
He will also be expected to present aspects of his work at a seminar before the end of his fellowship.

Oxford University’s African Studies Centre (see: http://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk/) is one of the world’s leading centres of African Studies.

The Centre is the focal point for graduate level work and faculty research on Africa. Alongside a vibrant doctoral (DPhil) programme, the MSc in African Studies, inaugurated in 2006, is already recognised as one of Europe’s most prestigious and most successful training programmes in its field. We have trained graduate students who are now holding important positions in different spheres of social, economic and political life in Africa and the rest of the world.

Momodu holds a first degree in Yoruba from the University of Ife, as well as a Master’s in Literature-in-English from the same University, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is the first person to combine such Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the country.

His journalism career spans four decades in diverse media platforms like African Concord magazine, Weekend Concord newspaper, Classique magazine, among others. He was the founding Editor of Leaders & Company in 1992, publishers of Thisday newspapers, and has contributed to various newspapers and journals including The Premier newspaper, African Guardian magazine, The Sunday Tribune newspaper, Thisweek magazine, The Guardian newspaper, The Sun, The Fame, Global Excellence, among others. He has been a regular contributor to Thisday newspaper, where his remarkable “Pendulum” column attracts and enjoys tremendous followership and accolades.

He is the CEO of Ovation Media Group, a tripod stand that houses Ovation International magazine, Ovation Television and The Boss Newspapers (Online).

Congratulations sir!


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