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Professor Fredrick Ogenga


Rongo University

Fredrick Ogenga is a Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Head of the Department of Communication, Journalism and Media Studies at Rongo University, Kenya. He is also the Founding Director of the Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security (and President of the Peacemakers Corps Foundation, Kenya.

Fredrick writes expert commentaries for the Daily Nation and Standard mainstream newspapers in Kenya, has been quoted by leading global news outlets such as the Voice of America, and participated in a UN policy round table on media representations of (in)security in Africa. He has contributed several peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles on media, elections, conflict, terrorism, violent extremism (including female violent extremism), de-radicalization and peacebuilding in Africa in journals such as the Journal of African Elections, Africa Conflict and Peace-building Review, Conflict and Communication Online, Media and Democracy Journal, the Global Media Journal, Africa Journal of Democracy and Governance, Congo Afrique, and Semiotica among others.

In addition, Fredrick is a beneficiary of the 2014 and 2016 Africa Diaspora Fellowship, recipient of the 2014 Africa Peacebuilding Network (APN) Research Grant, and has been awarded funds from the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance and APN's 2017 East Africa Media Training Workshop Grant. He is also a recipient of the 2016 Southern Voices Network for Peace Building Scholarship He has worked as a Visiting Scholar on media and sociology at the Institute for the Advancement of Social Sciences at Boston University, USA, and was appointed a Visiting Researcher at the African Studies Center at the same institution. Currently, he is serving as a member of the International Panel for Exiting Violence.

At Rongo University's Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security, Fredrick is championing a pan-African journalistic institutional approach as a means of preventing violent conflict. The approach is premised on Hybrid Peace Journalism (HPJ) pan-African philosophical and methodological gnosis to media representation of conflict and peacebuilding in Africa anchored inUtu or Humanity, Umoja or Unity, and Harambee or collective belonging.