About two hundred participants from the academics and practicing journalists are participating to in the ongoing 17th Annual International Conference of African Council for Communication Education (Nigeria Chapter).
The conference being the first to be hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, University of Calabar, has apart from participants from the academia and journalists from universities, also has in attendance media houses in the United Kingdom, United States and Africa.This year’s International Conference/AGM, which started from October 20-23, with the theme: “Communication, Language And the 2015 Elections,” is aimed at undertaking a post-mortem examination of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria from communication, language and Linguistics point of view.
Speaking in an interview, the Head of Department, HOD, Linguistics and Communication Studies, University of Calabar, Dr Godwin Iwuchukwu, said over two hundred abstracts for the presentation of papers were received from enthusiastic participants from all over the world.
Dr Iwuchukwu, who is also the Chairman, Local organising Committee, LOC, of the Conference, said it was an opportunity for schorlas and practicing journalists to x-ray issues and events regarding reportage and use of language by media practitioners and academics.
The LOC chairman said that Professor Abiodun Salawu from South Africa and Prof Ozo-Mercury Ndimele of University of Port Harcourt were the lead paper presenters while Mr Donald Duke, the former Governor of Cross River State, was the keynote Speaker.
He added that several professors and media practitioners would also present papers which will be instructive and of academic essence.
According to him, “Communication, language of the 2015 election in Nigeria will be discussed by journalists and academics who are coming together to form a post mortem of the language and communication of the 2015 election.
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