Nigeria’s foremost communications expert, Professor Alfred Opubor, is dead.
Aged 75 years, Opubor died in the late hours of the night of 2 December, 2011, following a brief illness at the University Teaching Hospital in Cotonou, Benin according to a statement from the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA),
Professor Opubor, reputed to be the first man in Africa to get a doctoral degree (Ph D) in communications, was one of the first generation of specialists in the field of communications as a behavioural science, having graduated from the Michigan State University, in the US, with a PhD degree in 1969.
His expertise was in communication theories and message systems, and their applications in development.
A former head of the department of mass communications at the University of Lagos, Professor Opubor was also a researcher, government policy adviser and senior communications specialist in the United Nations system. He was also an international consultant in strategic communications and media development. (more…)