|Middle Name (initial)||Uche|
|Faculty||Faculty of Management and Social Sciences|
Sunday Uche Aja
Sunday Uche Aja holds an honours bachelor’s degree (B. A. Hons) from Abia State University, Uturu, a prestigious master’s degree (M. A.) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka all in Mass Communication. He is currently a Doctorate Degree candidate in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he has proposed and defended a thesis on “Influence of the Watchdog Role of Nigerian Journalists on the Anti-Corruption Crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari.”He has attended a number of training workshops on digital media, civic engagement and global platforms, communication research in Africa media management, political communication, communication and national development and entrepreneurship, Research Methods/ Data Analysis. These workshops are certified by local and international professional associations, including African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN), Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), etc.
He has over seven years of teaching experience both at secondary and tertiary education level. He has taught English and Igbo languages in secondary schools for more than three years before joining the services of AE-FUNAI in 2016. He currently lectures in the Department of Mass Communication and has taught Online Journalism, Writing for the Web, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Economics of Mass News Reporting, Foundation of Broadcasting and Consumer Behavior. His research interest includes media management, online journalism, broadcasting and political communication.
Mr Sunday Aja has a rich blend of theoretical knowledge of mass communication as well as practical experience in various aspects of media work. He has participated in and attended several conferences leading to a number of conference papers and has published over eight peer reviewed journal articles. He has served as the research project coordinator in the Department of Mass Communication, AE-FUNAI. He is also an accomplished media practitioner, having served as a news reporter in EBBC, Abakaliki and NewsRay Magazine, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, where he rose to the position of editor.
Mr Aja has served the society in various capacities. Before joining the services of AE-FUNAI, he worked as a public relations officer for two years, later as an administrative officer for three years and as the Secretary to Local Government Management Committee for three years all in the Ebonyi State Civil Service. Against the backdrop of his training in media and communication studies, Mr Aja believes unrepentantly in, and holds tenaciously to, the functionalist perspective to the study of Mass communication. He is passionate about the use of mass media, including their online forms known as social media, to engender peace, security, economic growth and national development. Mr Aja is a motivational public speaker, speech writer and event manager. He belongs to many professional associations, including ACCE, NIPR and NIM. He currently serves as an associate editor of The News Letter of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike.
|S/N||Institutions attended||degree(s) awarded||year|
|1||University of nigeria, nsukka||ph. d (Ph.D)||2019|
|2||university of nigeria, nsukka||m. a.||2011|
|3||abia state university, uturu||b. a.||2006|
|4||ishiagu high school, ishiagu||ssce||1998|
Membership of professional bodies
|1||Member, African Council for Communication Education (ACCE)|
|2||Associate Member, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)|
|3||Member, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM)|
Selected publications (MAXIMUM OF 10, WITH LINKS WHERE AVAILABLE)
|1||AJA, U. S. (2016) “PATTERNS OF MEDIA MULTITASKING AMONG NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS” IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION STUDIES FORUM, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA. NO. 19, PP 41 – 49. http:// www.journal.ijcunn.com/index|
|2||ODOH, V. O., NNADIUKWU, M. I. & AJA, U. S. (2016). “BRIDGING RURAL-URBAN INFORMATION GAP FOR DEVELOPMENT: THE SOCIAL MEDIA IMPERATIVE” IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDIA, SECURITY & DEVELOPMENT, VOL. 3, NUMBER 1. http:// www.interstatecommunication.org/index|
|3||AJA, U. S., CHUKWU, J. N., & ODOH, V. O. (2019). EMERGENCE OF NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND THE CHALLENGES OF MEDIA RELATIONS PRACTICE IN NIGERIA, IN EBSU JOURNAL OF MASS COMMUNICATION, VOL. 6, NO. 1. http:// www.ebsujmc.com/index|
|4||AJA, U. S., CHUKWU, J. N. & ODOH, V. O. (2018). “PROFESSIONALIZING PUBLIC RELATIONS IN NIGERIA: THE ROLE OF NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS” IN SOUTH-EAST JOURNAL OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, VOL. 1, NUMBER 2.|
|5||ODOH, VINCENT O., ENUMA ICHA ITUMA & AJA UCHE SUNDAY (2018). “MEDIA AND TERRORISM – AN OPPOSING SIAMESE” ESUT JOURNAL OF MEDIA STUDIES|
|6||AJA, U. S., TAIWO, N. I, NGANYA, C. & EZALI, C. (2019). “ADVERTISING AND THE SUSTENANCE OF MEDIA ORGANIZATION: A STUDY OF NTA, FRCN, PLATEAU RADIO/TELEVISION AND CHANNELS TELEVISION” IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION, CSF, NO. 21|