MTN Nigeria, PAU Launch 6-Month Media Fellowship

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L-R: Vice Chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University, Prof. Enase Okonedo; Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Olutokun Toriola; Dean, School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Dr. Mike Okolo, and Co-founder and co-executive producer, TNC Africa, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, at the launch of the MTN Media Innovation Programme held at Honeywell Auditorium, Lagos Business School on Wednesday 27 April, 2022

The launch of the MTN media innovation programme (MTN MIP) for media practitioners and social media content creators was on Wednesday announced by MTN Nigeria and Pan-Atlantic University (PAU).

A statement issued on Wednesday, offered that the media fellowship would be run by PAU’s school of media and communication (SMC), adding that the six-month fully funded fellowship was designed to support the sustainable development of the nation’s changing media scene. 

Said Karl Toriola, chief executive officer (CEO), MTN Nigeria in the statement: “We are driven by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected world and are driving accelerated growth by leading digital solutions for Nigeria’s progress.

“Against this backdrop, the media landscape continues changing at remarkable speed, boosted by new technologies. Thus, it is only fitting that we support developments in the Nigerian media space with our infrastructure and enable capacity-building initiatives to enable innovation in media practice.

“It’s a delight to partner with the Pan-Atlantic University, who, through their expertise, have contributed to the professional development of the media industry, not only in Nigeria but across Africa”.

Enase Okonedo, vice-chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University, said the MTN media innovation programme was a step in the right direction. 

Noted Okonedo: “The School of Media and Communication was established to train professionals who will uphold the highest intellectual, ethical and professional values that promote creativity, critical knowledge, social responsibility and the spirit of enterprise. The MTN Media Innovation Programme could not have come at a better time for Nigerian media practitioners to imbibe these pertinent values”.

The statement further revealed that the course was designed to give participants a greater understanding of Nigeria’s technology sector and the nexus between media and technology; it will also leave participants better able to adapt to changing realities.

The fellows, the statement added, would also have access to professional resources and mentorship from the SMC faculty. 

The course, fully sponsored by MTN Nigeria, would be available to twenty successful applicants.

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