The alumni of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is scheduled to meet on Saturday in Lagos for a reunion party to be hosted by Pat Utomi, a professor of political economy and management expert.
The reunion is taking place almost 30 years after the alumni had a homecoming in 1987 at the main campus of the university.
Queen Eugene, the Publicity Secretary of the Planning Committee, said in a statement that the event was aimed at “creating cohesion, coordination and contribution to the growth of the department and its products”.
Ms. Eugene said the event would feature a Meet and Greet, a parade of Year Groups, and motivational talk by the host, Mr. Utomi, who graduated in 1977 from the department popularly called “Jackson building”.
Chido Nwakanma, a 1985 graduate of the department and the administrator of the Jacksonites Forum, which initiated the reunion and the coming together of the alumni, said the objective of the alumni group is to tap from the experiences and exposure of the large body of alumni to contribute to the upliftment of the department.
The Jacksonites Forum, started as WhatsApp group in June, and has quickly grown into a formidable group with the primary aim of contributing to the development of media and communication study and practice, as well as the progress of the mother department at Nsukka.
UNN’s Mass Communication Department commenced life in 1961 as the Department of Journalism and is the first full university department for the study of journalism and mass communication in Sub-Saharan Africa.
UNN founder and journalism pioneer, late Nnamdi Azikiwe, included Journalism as one of the pioneer study units when the university took off. He named the department Jackson Building in honour of John Payne and Thomas Horatio Jackson, father and son team who ran the Lagos Weekly Record as the most influential newspaper of its time for 37 years up to 1930.
The department has produced many distinguished graduates in all fields of endeavour, from journalism through broadcasting and adjunct media of advertising and public relations to administration.
Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Information, is expected to attend the reunion.