Brief History of the Department

English and Communication Studies was one of the foundation/pioneer programmes established at the founding of the University, and was located under the Departments of Humanities, in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The programme, as it then was, admitted its first set of students in the 2012/2013 academic session with an initial student-population of 23 and graduating its first set in the 2015/2016 academic session. The programmes under the Department of Humanities were unbundled and granted autonomy in February 2015; thus, English and Communication Studies became a full-fledged department in the University following this unbundling exercise. In all, the Department has graduated 4 sets of students, and has continued to attract both sabbatical and adjunct academic staff to add flavor to its academic life and culture. While the department has continued to witness admirable consistent growth in the number of both its students and teaching staff, its graduates have continued to be good ambassadors, representing the Department well as have been continually testified by employers’ ratings over the years.


In a country where English as an added language, a major official language, a lingua franca, and the language of instruction in the educational system, a high level of proficiency in it is usually expected from the graduates of higher institutions, especially the universities. A higher level of competence and communicative skills is expected even more from graduates of English and Communication Studies. This is why there is a need for devoting greater attention to the achievement of improved knowledge of English and the acquisition of adequate oral and written skills in it. English and Communication graduates from our university should be clearly and positively identified with adequate proficiency in pronunciation, articulateness in speech and communication areas.

Vision and Mission

(a) To provide the English and Communication Studies Students with the opportunity to master the art of communicating with the masses that transcends all disciplines.

(b) To be a foremost Department that is grounded in the art and act of language teaching students its rudiments to be able communicate effectively in all aspects of the media and their adjuncts.

S/NNames of Academic StaffMode of AppointmentArea of Specialization
1.Dr. Diri I.TeilanyoTenuredSyntax and Semantics
2.Prof. Chris C. OnyemaTenuredStylistics and Discourse Analysis
3.Prof. Christian C. NgwuSabbaticalDevelopment Communication, Broadcast Journalism
4.Dr. Christabel OnyemaAdjunctLinguistics
5.Dr. Christian T. DiriTenuredApplied Communication, Development Communication, Print Journalism
6.Dr. Osakue S. OmoeraTenuredJournalism and Film Studies
7.Dr. Chinedu OgokeTenuredEnglish and African Literature
8.Dr. Patricia Ngozi. AnyanwuTenuredAfrican literature and Post-Colonial Studies
9.Dr. Blessing UwasombaTenuredLinguistics
10.Dr. Oyakemeagbegha MusahTenuredBroadcast Journalism and Development Journalism
 Dr. Franca OkumoTenuredPhonetics and Phonology
12.Dr. Chukwuma OkechukwuTenuredBroadcast Journalism
13.Dr. Hyginus O. EzeTenuredAfrican Literature and Post-Colonial Studies
14.Miss Ekiyokere EkiyeTenuredLinguistics
15.AliakSandra KpuduweiTenuredEnglish Language
16.Mr. Onyeka IkeTenuredLiterature
17.Charles Okorod uduTenuredEnglish Language
18Blessing Onyinyechukwu UmunnahTenuredMass Communication