A book that examines the recent security hitches in South East Nigeria and their challenges to journalism practice in the region has been launched in Awka.
The book, ‘Media Practice and Security Challenges in South-East Nigeria’ was written by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, Dr Uche Nworah.
Correspondent Daniel Ezeigwe reports that the one hundred and fourteen page, five chapters and three bonus chapters book explore media roles in the face of security threats, especially in the south east geopolitical zone and provides insight into other media- related discussions.
Speaking at the event, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by the Managing Director of the National Light Newspapers, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, said that the new book is the twelfth published so far by government aides under his administration, with three of them coming from the ABS alone, adding that the topic of the new book provides further insight into the media angle to security threats especially in the region.
In his speech, the chairman on the occasion and member representing Njikoka Constituency Two at the Anambra State House of Assembly, Sir Pete Ibida who traced Dr Nworah’s antecedents back to their high school days at the College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu noted that his early orientation helped groom him into an achiever, and added that having authored two books in the space of one year, he has thrown a major challenge to academic researchers.
The Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Esimone, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor Joseph Ikechebelu, in his remarks, described the book as a product of deep experience that is meant to educate and transfer the author’s viewpoint to others.
The unveiler of the book and convener of ‘Nzuko Umunna’, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, said that the book is handy, and a reminder of the need for Ndi Anambra to reclaim their stake as the intellectual bloc of the country.
Reviewing the book, a Professor of Poetry and Postcolonial Literature in the Department of English, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Chike Okoye, said that titles of each chapter of the book tackled crucial independent topics, observing that Dr Nworah’s simple approach to each issue, his teacher-styled elucidation, collaborative viewpoints and the depth of the work generally, portrays the author’s experience and humaneness and recommended the book to everyone.
In an interview, the author, Dr Nworah said that the book was a way of contributing to developing issues in communication through research, noting that as the head of a media outfit in the south east, firsthand observation of series of security situations that occured within the region recently form a broad insight for both academic and professional learning.
Anambra State Head of Service, Barrister Harry Uduh, the Chief Executive Officer of Awka Millennium City, Chief Chimmy Ogbuebile, Chairman of Daily Times Newspapers, Sir Fidelis Anosike, members of the academia, media practitioners among others attended the book’s public presentation.