By Funmi Falobi/ SDNonline
History was made as the Senate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), recently confirmed Mrs. Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika as the first female professor, Mass Communication department.
Ogwezzy-Ndisika whose specialization straddles Communication for Development, Public Relations and Advertising was confirmed on Monday, June 5, 2017 making her the first female professor of the department in a record time spanning a 16-year stint as a lecturer in the Mass Communication department of UNILAG.
Commending the people who have been part of her feat, she said, “The university management should be commended. If you do your work, the management will give you promotion. I appreciate all my teachers. It has been through the grace of God, hardwork and good people around”, she said.
Recalling her journey through the years as a lecturer in the Mass Communication department, Ogwezzy-Ndisika who had previously served as Head of Department, alluded her feat to God. “I was not born when the department was established but now, I’ve made history in the department. You will know that it’s the finger of God”, she said.
Commenting on her feat, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, Director, International Press Centre (IPC) noted that her confirmation into the professorial status was ‘very welcome’, describing her as a ‘thorough bred academic and professional’. “She has made enormous intellectual contributions to media professionalism and development,” Arogunade said.
Comments from former students were in unison that she is hardworking, diligent, persistent and intelligent and so “she deserves it”.
Mr. Biodun Elugbaju, a graduate from the department and a journalist with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), said, “She has all it takes, she has the charisma and that’s the basic background for anyone in academia. She’s brilliant.”
“I am happy for her. She has worked to deserve such a position. I am not surprised at all. I respect Prof. Ogwezzy,” said Dr. Kehinde Oyesomi, a graduate of the department and lecturer at the Covenant University.
On next step now that she is at the peak of her career, she said: “my task now is to push other people under me up!”.
Professor Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika had her first degree in Linguistics and Communication from the University of Port Harcourt, after which she did a postgraduate diploma in Mass Communication at the University of Lagos and a master’s degree in the same school. She had her PhD at the University of Ibadan and joined the services of the University of Lagos as Lecturer 2 in 2001.