The School of Media and Communication (SMC) was established by order of the University Senate and the Governing Council of the Pan-Atlantic University.
Ikechukwu Obiaya has a background in English having studied it at both the undergraduate and the master’s levels. His Ph.D. thesis is a study of the impact of state intervention, through the NFVCB, on the Nigerian film industry. He has also carried out some studies on the audience of the Nigerian video film as well as on workers in the industry. Obiaya has a varied practical experience in the media having worked at various moments in both a broadcast house and a publishing company.
Dr. Obiaya has an impressive background and extensive experience in academia. He is passionate about imparting knowledge and has lectured at the University for over 15 years. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Navarra. Dr. Obiaya was the Director of Ph.D. Programmes at the School of Media and Communication. He has also served the School in different capacities since its inception.
Pan-Atlantic University is owned by the Pan-Atlantic University Foundation (PAUF), a non-profit foundation registered in Nigeria.
The Trustees of the Foundation hold legal title to all the property of the University. Their main function is to ensure that the University remains faithful to its founding ideals and objectives without interfering in the University’s governance and respecting its character as an academic institution.
In order to carry out this function they are given by the University’s Constitution the power to appoint and remove the Chancellor and the members of the Governing Council, to amend the Constitution, dispose of land and buildings of the University and order a visitation into the affairs of the University whenever they consider it necessary. All other powers in relation to the governance and management of the University are delegated to the Governing Council and through it to the other bodies created by the Constitution.
A very important aspect of PAU’s founding ideal is its Christian identity. To preserve and further this, the PAUF desires that all academic and community service activities of the University be imbued with the spirit and Christian ideals of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei (Opus Dei). In order to achieve this objective, the PAUF signed an agreement with the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei which created permanent consultation mechanisms and established specific channels through which the spirit of Opus Dei can be transmitted to the academic community.
Mr. Charles Osezua
Engr. Maurizio Fattarelli
Prof. Olusola Kushimo
Prof. Stephen Afolami
Dr. Imelda Wallace
Mrs. Mary Agbomma Agbu
Prof. Emmanuel Obikili
Dr. Nkechi Asogwa
The Governing Council is the supreme body of the University and it appoints the University’s principal officers, deans and professors. Decisions of special importance for the long term future of the University have to be approved by the Governing Council.
Members of the Governing Council:
Mr. Henry Odein Ajumogobia, SAN, OFR
Prof. Enase Okonedo
Ms. Oludolapo Afolami
Mr. Elias Igbinakenzua
Prof. Olufemi A. Bamiro
Mr. Ikechukwu Donatus Ogbuike
Prof. Chantal Epie
Mr. Kingsley Ukaoha
Ex-officio Member/Secretary to Council
Mr. Anthony Oputa
Mrs. Irene Osamor
Mrs. Mary Agbu
Mr. Maurizio Fattarelli
Mr. Kingsley Ekwem
Mrs. Ibukun Awosika
Chief Sena Anthony
Mr. Muhammad Ahmad
The University Management Council assists the Vice-Chancellor in discharging his duties and is responsible to the Governing Council for the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan, the annual objectives and the financial budgets of the University. It also has responsibility for the day-to-day management and administration of the University.
Matters referred to the Governing Council of the University, appointments of members of Management Boards of faculties and schools (except Deans, who are appointed by the Governing Council), and appointments to the Senate of non-ex officio members, have to be approved by the University Management Council.
Members of University Management Council:
Prof. Enase Okonedo
Prof. Chris Ogbechie
Dr. Peter Bamkole
Dr. Sola Oni
Mr. Donatus Ogbuike
Dr. Darlington Agholor
Mr. Kingsley Ukaoha
The Advisory Board of the SMC will provide strategic advice to the school’s management and act as a sounding board through its various deliberations to the school.
The board will also help the school to gain new insights and proffer advice towards problem-solving or exploring new opportunities by stimulating robust, high quality conversations.
Chris Ubosi is a pioneer in private broadcasting in Nigeria, having run, operated and consulted severally for various private radio stations including the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, on the nationwide 32 FM Radio project. He has been actively involved in private Radio Broadcasting in Nigeria since 1993.
He was appointed into the core working group on the National Mass Communication Policy Review in 2004 with the mandate to review the policy of 1987 and make recommendations for its improvement. He served creditably under the Electronic Media & ICT Sub-Committee and is therefore, very conversant with the Federal Government and other stakeholders positions on issues affecting the media.
Chris is the Founder & Managing Director of Megalectrics Limited, Operators of 4 dictinct Radio Brands – Classic FM; Beat Fm; Naija Fm & Lagos Talks – with 12 stations in Lagos,
Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan & London. He also sits on the board of several other companies
Sir Steve Bamidele Omojafor, an accomplished marketing communication expert, former Chairman of Zenith Bank and holder of the National Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger, commenced his career at Lintas Limited, before co-founding the famous Rosabel Advertising Limited. He moved on to become the first Group Managing Director/CEO of STB-McCANN LIMITED – a leading marketing communication company – providing services to multi-national and local companies. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Augustine University in Epe-Lagos State; Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria and director of several companies in Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
Chief Olusegun Osoba is a Nigerian veteran journalist and politician, and he holds the National Honours of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). Chief Osoba started his career in journalism in 1964 working with the Daily Times as a trainee reporter. He later became the managing director of the Times in 1984. He was the chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and Member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute representing Black-Africa from 1984-1992. He was a member of the Nigerian Constituent Assembly in 1988. He is also member of the Commonwealth Press Union, London and the Nigerian union of Journalist (NUJ).
Notably, Chief Olusegun Osoba was elected as Governor of Ogun State on two different occasions.
Charles Anudu is a renowned entrepreneur who has been severally honoured for his stellar contributions to the Nigerian economy, having successfully launched companies in the key sectors of the Nigerian economy. Charles is the founding Managing Director and Chairman of The Candel Company Limited, a major player in the Nigerian Agricultural industry. He had worked for Rhone-Poulenc Nigeria leaving the company in 1992 as General Manager (Agrochemicals) to found Candel. Charles is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (OwnerPresident Management Programme), as well as the Owner – Director Management Programme of INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) of the Lagos Business School. Charles is currently a member of the Economic Intelligence Committee of the Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria and belongs to many socio – cultural organizations including the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Josef Bel-Molokwu was a Senior Fellow at the School of Media and Communication, PanAtlantic University, Lagos, from 2009 to 2021. He is the Chairman/Lead Consultant of Sef Patri Services (Inc.) and The Biographic and Reference Book Centre, BioRef (Inc.).
The author/co-editor/editor of four books on Business Communication and Advertising, and coauthor or contributor of five others, he has more than 80 seminar/workshop presentations to his credit. Dr. Bel-Molokwu was Editor/Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Adviser/CEO of the Star Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd. (1974 – 1980 & 1984 – 1986); Managing Editor/CEO, Ivory Trumpet Publishing Co. Ltd. (1980 – 1983); pioneer Managing Director, Anambra Newspapers and
Printing Co. Ltd. (1993 – 1994), and Registrar/Chief Executive (Director General) of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) from 1994 to 2005.
He is a fellow of Intercontinental Communication, Management Consultancy and Advertising; Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Media Merit Award for 2004 to 2016.
Udeme Ufot is the Group Managing Director of SO&U, one of Nigeria’s most influential advertising agencies, affiliated to M&C Saatchi, a global advertising network. He is chairman of the board of directors of LEAP Africa and a director of Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).
He has also occupied various leadership positions in the marketing communications sector including President of the Association of Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria (AAPN) and Chairman of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON).
He is a fellow of APCON and National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). Mr. Ufot is also a holder of the national honour of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR).
John Ugbe is the Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria. As CEO, he maps the blueprint that culminates in achieving the business objectives of the largest pay entertainment company in Nigeria. Since taking up the helm of leadership at MultiChoice, his strategies have resulted in the growth of local content and increased capacity across product portfolios. He has driven a mass market strategy which has recorded substantial business expansion in a very short while and increased the distribution network to effectively manage and shape customers buying patterns while spearheading various payment initiatives, to ensure their optimal convenience.
One of John’s key focus areas is sports development which he sees as a viable extra-curricular activity to engage the youth.
Before joining MultiChoice, John established his reputation as a transformation agent when he took up the reins of leadership at MWEB, one of Nigeria’s pioneer internet solutions providers. His role at MWEB changed internet usage patterns in Nigeria, as it established faster downloads. With over twenty years of experience in diverse fields of ICT, entertainment, consumer insight and business strategy, John brings a wealth of dynamic and proven strategies to bear in the execution of his role.
Carol Oyedeji is currently the Executive Director for the Commercial Banking Business of Ecobank Nigeria Limited. Her responsibilities cover the Client Segments of Local Corporate type companies, Small and Medium Enterprises, Faith Based Organisations, Educational institutions, Agric, Government Business and the Branch Network. She also covered the Consumer Banking arm responsible for all individual relationships and has played a key leadership role in the digital transformation of the Bank. Prior to joining Ecobank in 2017, Carol worked at Standard Chartered Bank Plc for over 15 years across both Consumer and Commercial Banking. Her last role was as Regional Head for Client Acquisition and Relationships for Africa and Middle East where she provided senior level oversight for Retail Distribution across all countries in the Region. She was also a non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank in the Gambia. Head of Business Banking Africa and Regional Head Consumer Banking West Africa.
Carol Oyedeji’s career spans close to 30 years in Financial Services with critical skills in Strategy development, Sales Management, Credit Analysis, Digital Banking, Product Development, Wealth Management, Asset & Liability Management, and several other areas of Financial expertise. She has also attended several Leadership courses in Oxford, Insead and Stanford Universities and is a member of various industry associations. She is a graduate of Chemistry from the University of Lagos Nigeria and also, holds an MSc in Financial Management from the University of London and an MBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos.
Ijeoma Onah is a Film and TV industry executive experienced in aggregation, acquisitions and distribution of Film and TV programming both foreign and local for exploitation of rights by different platforms /across territories. She is happy to have pioneered major inroads to Africa TV/ Film industry by various international events by nurturing their confidence in Africa as an emerging market. Her efforts at various international events in ensuring that quality business and revenue generation from licensing of rights for Film and TV content has resulted in more African participations at international events . She has also worked on MAJOR international TV/ Film markets and industry events in Europe, North America and Africa.
For International Film / TV content markets, she has mobilized Africa, and Nigeria in particular, on behalf of the organizers. She has been instrumental in mobilizing the entire Nigerian TV industry for major international TV events and has taken pride in helping producers/distributors and broadcasters get the much-needed experience, knowledge and exposure offered by their participation in these events. Both locally and at the international stage, she has been able to bridge gaps and provide much needed guidance and advisory roles in the film and TV business. With a very rich international database of contacts which include but not limited to Nigeria, Anglophone and Francophone sub-Saharan Africa and beyond Africa she has got access and contacts to all that matter in the industry.