A project that identifies and recognises professionals in the media industry in Nigeria is underway.
The Chief Executive of the Project, Prince Cookey, said the Whoâ€™s Who in Nigerian Media initiative is designed to chronicle the evolution of media practice in Nigeria and identify the men and women who have contributed to the growth of the media industry over the years.
Cookey, who is also the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Business Journal, explained that the Whoâ€™s Who will include biographical listing of past and current practitioners in the print and electronic segments of the industry at the national and state levels, listing of media organisations (print/electronic) and media training institutions across the country.
He said the project will equally serve as comprehensive database and reference material on professionals in the media industry in Nigeria. He said the Whoâ€™s Who in Nigerian Media is expected to be an encyclopedia on professional media practice in the country.
â€œThe media industry has contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of Nigeria since the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 and it is important to recognise the exceptional men and women who made this contribution through their pen,â€ he said. â€œThose who have wielded the pen to shape the direction of national discourse then and now deserve to be immortalised through the Whoâ€™s Who project.â€
â€œThe project represents a unique opportunity for the society to pay deserving credit to the contributions and sacrifices made before and after independence in terms of information dissemination, struggle for democracy and enthronement of rule of law and good governance in Nigeria by professionals in the media industry. The best way to appreciate these men and women of the pen profession is by sponsorship of the Whoâ€™s Who project to ensure its realisation within the projected time frame.â€