The African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), a continental association of media scholars and practitioners in Africa and Diaspora, holds her 16th National Conference and Annual General Meeting at the Princess Alexandria Hall, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria from the 9 to 12 of March 2014.
The Conference tagged “Nsukka 2014” focussed on the theme: “Communication, Children, and the Youths in the 21st Century”. The conference drew participants from Africa, African scholars in the Diaspora, Nigerian academics, media practitioners, industry stakeholders, and NGOs.
Professor Stanley Naribo Ngoa, a renowned professor of political communication, National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos and Associate Research Professor at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Rhodes University/University of Johannesburg, South Africa, presented the first conference Lead Paper. The second Lead Paper was presented by Professor Chris Ogbondah, a professor of journalism, Department of Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, USA. Professor Ngoa spoke on “Media Effects on the 21st Century Youth: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” while Professor Ogbonda spoke on “Photo Ethics in the Nigerian Press: Will the Watchdog Please Watch Itself”.
One of the major highlights of the conference is a presentation by UNICEF on a new Curriculum for Child Rights Reporting. Professors Des Wilson, Onuora Nwuneli, Pita Agbese, Ike Ndolo, Kate Omenugha, and Cecil Blake all spoke at the Conference.
His Excellency, Alhaji Dr. Atiku Abubakar (GCFR), presented the Keynote Speech and declared the conference open. The Chief Host is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Professor Batho Okolo. The AGM of the Association also held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by 4:30pm.