CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that it was all glory and literally raining of Millions of Naira in Awka during the unveiling of a book entitled, New Media & African Society edited by trio of Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Azuka Omenugha; Adebayo Fayoyin and Charles Muiru Ngugi.
The book comprised of essays, reviews and research) and was reviewed by Professor Chukwuemeka Eze Onukogu, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Reading Association of Nigeria.
To make it classy, intellectuals in the world of communication, Mass Communication and Journalism as well as the political class across Nigeria and beyond who contributed to the book identified the contributions of the new media to the growth and development of the society.
The book has eighteen chapters divided into four parts, and written by twenty eight authors, nineteen males and nine females drawn from different countries of the world.
The book according to the reviewer, Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Anambra State, Prof Chukwuemeka Eze Onukaogu was well researched, rich in content and thoroughly edited. The book talked about newness of social media, merits and demerits, hate speech, spousal differences, communication gap between couples owing to advent of social media, citizen journalism etc.
He called for the inclusion of internet as a separate subject in schools, adding that teaching internet as a separate subject in schools would equip students for the circular society.
He said: ‘‘we have to warn them of the uncouth languages people use in the social medians and also help them to avoid such languages. Internet should be taught as a subject in schools. Internet literacy should be made a vital part of our education”.
Anambra state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by the Head of Service, Barr Harry Uduh, who unveiled the book said the book was worthy of being owned by every adult who makes use of the internet in Africa, promising that the government of the state will distribute copies to schools and libraries for use by people of the state. He commended the editors of the book.
In a welcome speech, one of the Editors and Authors of the Book through, Professor Omenugha said that the book exposes the positive aspect of new media , contains Anambra shared values, explored how Anambra state government used communication to develop the state, saying that Governor Obiano’s style of leadership depicts a leader who demonstrates what it means to communicate through leadership.
Earlier , the chairman on the occasion Mr Jude Okwor said the event was to recognise work hard work, and appreciated Governor Obiano for choosing capable hands to work with and said that Ndi Anambra are seeing the result.
Among those present at the event were members of the state executive council, members of the state House of Assembly, the academics, traditional rulers, students and managing directors of agencies including the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ABS Nze Uche Nworah, Ezeudo Enugwu Ukwu na Umunri.
Others were the national president of ASATU, Chief Alex Onukwue, the House of Reps Member-elect for Idemmili North & South, Hon. Ibezi Ifeanyichukwu (Ochiagha Idemmili), former Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Chief Tony Onyima (Ife Idemmili).