A Nigerian professor, Chris Ogbondah, has won the Distinguished Scholar Award for the 2021-2022 academic year at the Northern Iowa University in the United States of America. The award is given annually to the university lecturer who is most accomplished in scholarly and creative activity.
Mr. Ogbondah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, before traveling to the United States where he completed his Masters and Doctorate in Journalism.
A letter dated March 11, 2022, signed by Gabriela Olivares, Associate Dean, Graduate College of the University, and addressed to Professor Ogbondah said: “The Graduate College is pleased to inform you that the faculty committee for the 2021- 2022 Distinguished Scholar Award has selected you as the recipient from a group of excellent applicants…A recognition award will be presented at the Graduate Faculty Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2022.”
The letter added, “The Graduate College will recognize your achievements on campus and in our community. This includes formal announcements through various communication platforms and recognition at the Annual Graduate Faculty Meeting in April and the Annual Fall Faculty Meeting.
The letter further said, “You have established a truly commendable record over your long and distinguished career and you should be proud of your accomplishments. Your selection is a recognition of your superior achievements as a faculty member…. »
In 2009, Mr. Ogbondah received the State of Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, the highest award for excellence and achievement in education the board bestows annually on deserving tenured lecturers at the three colleges. state regency higher education – the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa.
Mr. Ogbondah is a four-time recipient of the American Press Institute Fellowship. He had also previously received the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Excellence in Journalism Fellowship. He is also a three-time recipient of the Apple Polisher Award in recognition of excellence in classroom teaching and student mentorship at the University of Northern Iowa.
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Mr Ogbondah was a former sports editor for The Tide newspaper group in Port Harcourt before moving to the United States for postgraduate study. He was a reporter at the WNTV/WNBS broadcast station in Ibadan. He is currently a Press Freedom Ambassador at the Center for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID, formerly PTCIJ) in Abuja.
Mr. Ogbondah has worked for six US newspapers as a reporter and was a former contributor to Newswatch magazine. He served on the International Press Freedom Panel which ranks countries around the world on a press freedom scale at Freedom House, New York. His publications include “Military Regimes and the Press in Nigeria, 1966-1993”, “Human Rights and National Development and State-Press Relations in Nigeria (1993-1998)” and “Human Rights and Democratic Development”.
As a scholar and educator, Dr. Ogbondah has completed three sabbatical assignments at Rivers State University, Mkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, as well as Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He is a Visiting Professor of Journalism in the Department of Mass Communication at Cross River University of Technology (UNICROSS), Calabar.
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