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Dr Godwin E. Oboh

Journalism and Mass Communication

Benson Idahosa University

Dr Godwin Ehiarekhian Oboh is an Associate Professor at Benson Idahosa University. He is currently on sabbatical leave at the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo. He obtained a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Derby, United Kingdom, having earlier had BA and MA Degrees in Mass Communication from Delta State University, Abraka, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, respectively. Godwin lectured in a polytechnic, and later joined Covenant University in 2002 as a member of the Department of Mass Communication. He joined Benson Idahosa University in 2005, and served as Head of Department between March, 2006 to July, 2009. He was re-appointed in September, 2013 and served till March, 2018. He has widely published in local and international refereed journals and books alongside a record of the conferences and workshops he attended within and outside Nigeria. His research interest is to identify ways the media could more effectively be deployed to enhance the conduct of elections in emerging democratic societies. He researches the ways in which African countries are sovereign nations, but not yet able to conduct elections without the support of external observers closely monitoring the election process and its outcome. He co-authored Mass Media in Nigerian Democracy in 2008 with Professor Fred Omu, one-time member of the MacBride Commission, and authored the book Mediatisation of Nigerian Elections: Issues and Perspectives for African Democracy published  in 2014.