The governing council of Covenant University (CU) Ota, Ogun state has appointed Dr. Kehinde Oyesomi as Head of Department (HOD), Mass Communication. Oyesomi, by the appointment becomes the first female HOD of the Department, effective Friday, 23rd October, 2020.
Before the appointment, she was the Coordinator of Departmental Affairs as well as Chair of Research and Publications, and Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies Programme at the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University.
Oyesomi, who is a senior lecturer in the institution, has 15 years working experience spanning journalism, corporate communications and teaching. She holds BSc and MSc degrees in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and PhD in Mass Communication from Covenant University. She also obtained a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from North West University, South Africa.
An award winner during her undergraduate (Best student in Media Planning, overall best student in Public Relations and Advertising), Oyesomi, during her NYSC days in Enugu State researched and wrote a book on HIV/AIDS which was circulated round secondary schools in the State. She has written several research papers and a recipient of grant awards through which she has traversed wider terrains in different but related fields of media and gender, development communication, Journalism and Public Relations.
Passionate and energetic in matters of women and children, and community development service, Oyesomi is a member of the International Association for Minority Language Media Research (IAMLMR), African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), South African Communications Association (SACOMM), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) among other international bodies and fora, and she is a reviewer and editorial board member for several local and international journals.
She has also published in several local and international high impact journals. She also has book chapters and one edited book to her credit.
She is also currently the Founder/Editor- in- Chief, Cooperative World, a magazine publication of Covenant University Cooperative Society and the immediate PRO of the society.