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About us

Preamble

The advent of digital broadcasting in Nigeria and the ever increasing number of public and private media houses in the country today has necessitated the training of the practitioners in these institutions.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that there are enough practical and professional training outlets for this horde of media practitioners.

The West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy (WABMA®),  is envisioned therefore, to bridge this yawning gap in the training of media professionals with a view to providing the needed content, while at the same time, upholding the highest critical, intellectual and ethical values of the media.

WABMA® ignites the creative genius in students and properly hones the skill of practitioners to pursue successful careers in the public and private media as well as the creative industries and new media.

Concept

The Academy is conceived primarily to train professionals and aspiring media practitioners (broadcast and print) to learn the rudiments and art of excellent presentation, production and reportage for different media, especially radio and television.

The institution is also for students who may not necessarily be broadcast or journalism graduates but who have reasonable passion and potential, for practical vocational training in broadcast journalism, presentation and programming.

Trainees in presentation would however, need to first scale through an audition. Unlike the journalism courses though, any adult could apply regardless of their qualifications or field of specialty, including businessmen and politicians interested in media and public speaking skills.

Initial courses on offer – presentation, production, journalism and new media.

Curriculum

The Institution runs multi-disciplinary short-term specialized certificate courses, as a finishing school for professional certification.

The curriculum is  an intense and rigorous course module, which approximates real work environment, for faster, well grounded and practical skill acquisition.

The curriculum also offers robust interactive in-campus and online courses. Besides, collaboration with a next-door University campus radio affords students essential hands-on practical training and unique on-air experience.

It also affords students easy placement on the Supervised and Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES); not least, is unfettered access to language laboratories as well as live and production studios.

The courses are to be held in different sessions –

  • Six weeks for Basic course
  • Six weeks for Intermediate course
  • Eight weeks for Advanced course
  • 2 days – 1 week short courses

Our Team

Meet our creative and talented human resource personnel

Former D.G., FRCN

He is a former Director General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN); former Director Enugu State Information Bureau, former PR Manager of Cadbury PLC.

With a distinguished 30+ years career in Broadcasting, Journalism, Public and Corporate Communications, KNE is a specialist in News management and crisis communications.

He is widely consulted especially by governments and international organisations to assist in crafting effective media agenda and managing public communications.

Former D.G., Imo Broadcasting corporation

Former Director General Imo Broadcasting Corporation; Former Deputy Director and Head, Network Sports, FRCN Headquarters, Abuja.

A graduate of the Institute of Journalism, Berkshire, England, he has had extensive professional training in News, Production, Presentation and Management. Was Africa Regional Correspondent for the Voice of America (VOA) from 1989 to 1999.

Won numerous awards, including, Enugu/Anambra Sports Writer of the year, 1991. Nigeria’s sports Writer of the year 1992; Rotary club of New Haven Vocational Service Award, 1998 and Nigeria’s National Sports Merit Award, 2003.

An accomplished sports and ceremonial commentator, he has led Radio Nigeria’s coverage team to numerous continental and global events, including, the USA’94 FIFA World Cup; France ‘98 FIFA World Cup; 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games in England; 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup; Tunisia 2004, Africa Nations Cup; Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Greece and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in China, to mention just a few.

Mr. Asiegbu is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration and an Alumnus of the International Media Training Centre, Washington DC, USA

On Air Personality

Ifeoma Melody Ajumobi, popularly known as Ify-Melody, Sparkling Woman on Radio, is a media personnel, top MC and an Event Manager. Ify Melody is currently one of the most profound radio presenters in the south-eastern part of Nigeria. She works with Solid 100.9FM Enugu where she anchors Business Matters; an outstanding business show on radio.

As a professional Event Host/ Compere, she has anchored many high profile events. She is an Event host with a great flair for spontaneity, and she understands audience engagement.

Ify knows how to keep the audience connected. Some of the events she has anchored include: the YUBOSS flag off in Enugu powered by YUDALA now Konga, Genesys Ignite Season 1 in 2017, Installation of the New President of the Enugu Chambers Of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture in 2017, ECCIMA, Home Coming Concert Season 1 and 2 of House On The Rock Enugu, Google Dev Fest, Nigeria Sales Conference Enugu, Graduation Ceremony of Julliard and Berkley Lagos, South East Economic Summit SEES4 2019, Never Again Conference Lagos and more.

Most events had an audience participation of over 1000 people. She is one of the rare Event hosts who is very versatile and can cut across the corporate environment to entertainment and social events such as Weddings, Birthdays, Concerts and gaming events.

A unique Red Carpet Host whose Motto is “Excellence, commitment, diligence and integrity”. She is an exceptional trainer with great coaching abilities and has been training and mentoring other aspiring Event Hosts and Media Professionals for a while now.

Reach her on:

Twitter: @melmedia2013

Instagram: @melmedia2014

Facebook: Melmedia Entertainmen

LinkenIn : Ifeoma Ajumobi

Youtube: Melmedia.TV

TV Trainer

She is a former NTA broadcaster, manager and former Executive Director South Saharan Development Organisation (SSDO).

Her specialization is in gender-sensitive communication, development communications and management of the TV format.

Formerly of BBC Media Action

He is a development communications and broadcast expert. He was Head of External Relations at BBC Media Action Nigeria, managing a team to maintain the organisation’s unique selling point.

As Head of Media Development for BBC Media Action, Aro was responsible for designing and delivering all capacity building activities and acted as Project Lead where he interfaced with donors and development partners on Governance, Health and resilience projects.

Aro produced the award-winning youth reproductive health magazine show “Flava’ and the largest HIV Spots campaign in Africa, among several other impactful programmes.

He is a well-known media trainer in Nigeria.

Production/Presentation & Media Management

Anike-ade Funke Treasure is a broadcast journalist, a certified media trainer, speech and leadership coach.

She was the first female journalist to manage an all news radio station in the Radio Nigeria Network and indeed the Nigerian broadcast industry.

She rose to the Assistant Director, Programmes, FRCN Lagos Operations.

She is the founder of Funke Treasure Table Tennis Championship (F3TC) a championship for girls in junior secondary schools.

She runs a social enterprise, the Media Mentoring Initiative (MMi) to empower aspiring and young professionals with broadcast skills.

She is Guest Faculty with The Journalism Clinic; the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations, Lagos NASPRI) and more.

She is a facilitator and member of the board of the Internatonal Press Centre, Nigeria, and was an Adjunct Lecturer with Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.

She was the pioneer Vice President, Acting President & President of the School of Media & Communication (SMC) Alumni of Pan Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos.

She is a recipient of professional media fellowships and awards.

These include the Nigerian Media Merit Award’s Radio Production of the Year 2008 and Finalist, Henry J. Kaiser HIV Journalism Category, CNN African Journalist of the Year Award 2007.

She has authored three books, including a childhood memoir, and Pronunciation Guide Series for Secind Language Speakers of the English Language.

She recently retired from Radio Nigeria to run her own enterprise; Illuminate Nigeria Development Network, a social enterprise.

Anike-ade Funke Treasure has a BAEd in English Laguage and Masters degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University, South Africa.

She is a John Maxwell Team speaker, trainer and facilitator, she is in demand in Nigeria and West Africa as a panelist, speaker, and facilitator.

Trainer

Ken Ike Okere joined the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria – FRCN (Radio Nigeria) in 2007 as Head of the newly created Corporate
Development & Communications Directorate, the strategy hub of the huge corporation.

He led a range of activities that modernized the 80-year old huge radio network: creating its first website; its first online content; its first corporate email addresses; and its first online live audio streaming service.

Other firsts include, the institution of modern Audience Research, Excellence Awards and e-newsletters (plus a
print edition).

He has been a strong advocate for the full
digitization and rebranding of the influential public broadcaster, crafting in 2010 a Corporate Plan meant to position the Corporation on
the path of strategic growth, sustainability and modernization.

In 2013, he was appointed the Director of FRCN’s Lagos Operations, supervising three brands: Metro 97.7 FM, BOND 92.9 FM, and Radio One 103.5FM.

He is credited with the rebranding success of the FRCN Lagos stations, reformatting all three to be thematic channels in the fields of: All-News & All-Talk (Radio One FM), Lifestyle & Entertainment (Metro FM), and Language Broadcast (Bond FM); and positioning all three in the top 12 of the competitive Lagos broadcast market while ensuring that they had significant online presence.

He is currently the Zonal Director, FRCN South East Zone, Enugu, where he supervises FRCN’s 7 brands in 5 states and he’s already commenced a successful rebrand and turnaround of the Zone’s lead station, Coal
City FM, Enugu, converting it from a general broadcaster to an All News! All Talk! All Sports! Channel and one of the few FRCN’s 40 stations with hours of podcast and online content.

In 2019, Coal City 92.9FM won the Nigeria Media Nite Out (NMNO) award of Best Station of the Year South East, and 3rd best nationwide.

Ike schooled in Universities in Nigeria and the United States, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theatre, Media, Communications
and Journalism.

Ken Ike Okere leads quite a diversified life. He is active in literary circles (co-founding the Abuja Literary Society, Eko Literary Society and
Enugu Literary Society); and is an author.

He is also active in Training circuits where he specializes in Media, Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship training as well as in Strategy, Business and Personal development.

In recognition of Ken-Ike as a change-maker and
social entrepreneur, he was, in 2008, awarded the prestigious, lifetime, international ASHOKA Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship.

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