AFRICA’S independent online newspaper, Prime Business Africa (PBA) holds its first Editorial Board meeting today, Wednesday July 28, 2021.
A statement issued by the management of Newstide Publications Limited, publishers of PBA, said the content strategy meeting would hold virtually.
The meeting rallies professionals in media, academic and economic sectors and will discuss socio-economic issues around the continent as well ad the organisation’s role in connecting the dots for growth at micro and macro levels on the continent.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Prime Business Africa, Dr Marcel Mbamalu, who is also the CEO of Newstide Publications Limited, said the strategic meeting would bring together all editorial board members made up of seasoned media practitioners, economists and eggheads from Nigerian universities.
Members of the Editorial Board include Professor Pat Okedinachi Utomi of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Ms Eloine Barry, Founder of the African Media Agency (AMA), Dr Bongo Adi of the Lagos Business School (LBS), Professor Chinyere Stella Okunna of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Prof. Utomi and Ms Barry were recently appointed Chair and Deputy Chair of the Editorial Board by Newstide Publications Limited, publishers of Prime Business Africa.
Dr Adi, a renowned Economist and faculty member of the LBS is the Board Chairman of Newstide Publications.
Prof. Okunna, a renowned scholar and first female professor of Mass Communication in Sub-Sahara Africa, is Deputy Chairman of Newstide Publications and member of the PBA Editorial Board.
She has, in conjunction with other experts, been at the forefront of the struggle to unbundle Mass Communication discipline in Nigerian universities into eight courses to create room for specialisation and meet 21st century industry demand in communication skills.
Others who will attend the meeting are: Ambassador Ejeviome Eloho Otobo, Mr Jahman Anikulapo, Dr. Bashir Abdullahi, Mr. Moritz Abazie, Ambassador (Dr.) Martin Uhomoibhi, Dr. Michael Ukonu, Prof. Nnanyelugo Okoro, Mr. Emeka Izeze and Rev. Fr. George Adimike.
Although periodic Editorial Board meetings are necessarily a routine for newspaper organisations, Dr Mbamalu said this inaugural session would be “significant in many ways; significant, in the sense that it marks a turning point in implementing Prime Business Africa’s overall content strategy.
“I am more than convinced that, with the quality of members we have on the Editorial Board, we would not disappoint expectant Nigerians and, of course, the rest of Africa.
“The chairman and and the deputy chairman of our Board of Directors are core industry professionals who are also accomplished educators. While one is well-known economist and data analyst, the other is a teacher of Journalism and Media Studies celebrated across Africa — the first female Professor of Mass Communication in the region.
Considering her footprints in across Africa, the Deputy Chairman of our Editorial Board, Eloine Barry, who is also the founder of Africa Media Agency (AMA), will co-moderate this strategy session,” Dr Mbamalu said.
Of Mr Jahman Anikulapo, former Editor of The Guardian on Sunday, Dr Mbamalu said that the celebrated Arts and Culture ambassador had paid his dues in media practice and that he would be proud to leverage his wealth of experience once again.
In his more than 23 years of media experience, Dr Mbamalu was, at different times, Business Editor of The Guardian on Sunday and News Editor of The Guardian.
“I am fortunate to have worked with Mr. Anikulapo as Business Editor when he was Editor of The Guardian on Sunday, and I believe that our common belief in transparent hardwork will rob off positively on Prime Business Africa,” he said.
Dr Mbamalu is a prolific writer with rich history of experience working in both education and media sectors of the economy.