The book, Watchdogs or Captured Media: A study of the Role of the Media in Nigeria’s Emergent Democracy 1999-2016, edited by Prof. Ayo Olukotun, will be presented to the public on May 22, 2018, at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
The book, which is published through a grant by Ford Foundation to Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME) examines how well the Nigerian media have performed their watchdog role since 1999.
According to a release signed by Mr. Lanre Idowu of DAME, the book has fourteen contributors, twelve from Nigeria and one each from Ghana and Kenya and the editor, Prof. Olukotun currently occupies the Oba Sikiru Adetona professorial chair in governance at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye.
Drawn from the academia and the media, the Nigerians are Prof. Christian Ogbondah of University of Northern Iowa, Prof. Lai Oso of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Abiodun Salawu of Northwest University, South Africa, Prof. Ayo Olukotun, Dr. Oluyinka Esan of the University of Winchester, Dr. Tunde Akanni of LASU, Mr. Lanre Idowu of DAME, Mr. Edetaen Ojo of Media Rights Agenda, Dr. Nathaniel Danjibo of University of Ibadan, Mrs. Funke Treasure-Durodola of Radio Nigeria, Dr. Kayode Eesuola of University of Lagos and Margaret Jesuminure of Adeleke University, Ede.
Two other Africans, Prof. Kwame Karikari of Wisconsin International University College, Accra and Dr. Peter Kimani of Aga Khan University, Nairobi, offer comparative perspectives on media performance in their countries around the same period.
Mr. Idowu said the Ford Foundation grant was utilized on three levels namely, an international conference in Lagos last September to discuss the preliminary findings of the chapter contributors, followed by revision and now the book presentation.
According to Mr. Idowu, the book is expected to bridge the gap in media literature, extend understanding of ways the media promote or impede democracy, and offer insights into different aspects of the Nigerian media for better delivery.