Nigerian professor wins Distinguished Scholar Award in USA | The Guardian Nigeria News
A Nigerian professor, Chris Wolumati Ogbondah, has won the Distinguished Scholar Award for the 2021-2022 academic year, at the University of Northern Iowa, United States of America.
The award is given annually to the lecturer who is most accomplished in scholarly and creative activity.
Ogbondah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), before traveling to the United States where he earned a Masters and Doctorate in Journalism.
A letter dated March 11, 2022 and signed by the University’s Graduate College Associate Dean, Dr Gabriela Olivares and addressed to Professor Ogbondah, said: “The Graduate College is pleased to inform you that the faculty committee for the Distinguished Scholar 2021-2022 Award has selected you as the recipient from a pool of excellent applicants. A recognition award will be presented at the annual meeting of graduate teachers 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 faculty meeting in the fall.
In 2009, Professor 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.
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.
Professor Ogbondah was a former sports editor with The Tidegroup 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 Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) in Abuja.
Ogbondah has worked at six American newspapers as a reporter and was a former essay contributor to Newswatch magazine. He has served on the International Press Freedom Panel which ranks countries around the world on a press freedom scale at Freedom House, New York.
He is the author of the pioneering annotated bibliography book on the Nigerian press, The press in Nigeria: An annotated bibliography, published by Greenwood Press, Connecticut in the United States. His other books are: Military regimes and the press in Nigeria, 1966-1993: Human rights and national development, as well as State-press relations in Nigeria (1993-1998): Human rights and Democratic development.
As a researcher and educator, Prof. Ogbondah has completed three sabbatical assignments at Rivers State University, Mkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt and another sabbatical assignment in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is a Visiting Professor of Journalism in the Department of Mass Communication at Cross River University of Technology (UNICROSS), Calabar.