Professor Abdullahi Saleh Bashir of Modibbo Adama University (MAU), Yola, Adamawa State has been elected 6th President of the African Council for Communication (ACCE), Nigerian Chapter.
Bashir, a Professor of Media and Information Studies emerged President at the 23rd International Conference and Annual General Meeting of ACCE held at the Nnamndi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, between 24-27th January 2023.
Bashir, who is also a member of Prime Business Africa Editorial Board, has been teaching information and Communications courses at MAU, Yola since 2000, and has published researches in over thirty national and foreign journals and books.
He was the Head, Department of Information Management Technology and currently the Deputy Director Center for Distance Learning, MAU, Yola.
His scholarly interests spans digital journalism, climate change communication, and conflict communication.
Bashir earned a PhD in 2012 from the University of Uyo, Nigeria.
He took over ACCE leadership from Professor Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu who was elected in 2017 and served two terms of two years each.
Other past Presidents of the Council include: late Professor Ikechukwu Nwosu (2000-2005), Professor Ebenezer Oludayo Soola (2005-2009), Professor Desmond Ephraim Wilson (2009-2012), Professor Danjuma (2012-2017).
His election which attracted profound commendations from participants in the conference, saw the emergence of Professor Ezekiel Asemah as Vice President.
Professor Danjuma Gambo of the University of Maiduguri and Professor Peter Esuh, Dean Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Uyo took turns to extol the stirling virtues of Professor Asemah and noted that by his selflessness, he had demonstrated clearly that his love for the Council overrides any personal interests.
Down-to-earth, unassuming and self-effacing, Professor Asemah is a Professor of Public Relations and Advertising and was in 2019 elected Dean of the College of Management and Social Sciences, Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State. He is the immediate past National Secretary of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Benin.
Professor Asemah, a leading reference in Google Scholar earned a PhD in 2015 from the University of Uyo, Nigeria. In September, 2021, he presented the Third Inaugural Lecture of Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa Edo State, Nigeria.
Asemah has well over 125 Journal Articles, 11 Edited books / Conference Proceedings, 24 Books and 48 Chapter Contributions to his name.
Other members of the Executive Committee are: Dr. Ibituru Pepple (Secretary), Dr. Santas Tsegyu, Dep. Secretary, Dr Comfort Okwella (National Treasurer), Dr Obiorah Edogor (Dir. Public Affairs).
They were immediately sworn into office by the National legal adviser of ACCE Nigeria, Dr Nsikak Senam, following affirmation of allegiance and affirmation of office.
In his acceptance speech, Professor Bashir thanked the council for the confidence reposed in him and his team. He said they had accepted the enormous task thrust on them and promised to considate and improve upon the success of the past administrations.
Professor Charles Obot, FACCE, Head, Department of Film and Multimedia Studies, University of Uyo served as Electoral Chairman, with Dr Njideka Ezeonyefiaku, SACCE, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, as Secretary.