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.

Staff list in the Department

S/NNameAppointmentArea of Specialization
1.Prof. Diri I. TeilanyoTenuredSyntax and Semantics
2.Prof. Chris C. OnyemaTenuredStylistics and Discourse Analysis
3.Dr. Christian T. DiriTenuredApplied Communication, Development Communication, Print Journalism
4.Dr. Osakue S. OmoeraTenuredJournalism and Film Studies
5.Dr. Chinedu OgokeTenuredEnglish and African Literature
6.Dr. Patricia Ngozi. AnyanwuTenuredAfrican literature and Post-Colonial Studies
7.Dr. Blessing UwasombaTenuredLinguistics
8.Dr. Oyakemeagbegha MusahTenuredBroadcast Journalism and Development Journalism
9.Dr. Franca OkumoTenuredPhonetics and Phonology
10.Dr. Chukwuma OkechukwuTenuredBroadcast Journalism
11.Dr. Hyginus O. EzeTenuredAfrican Literature and Post-Colonial Studies
12.Miss Ekiyokere EkiyeTenuredLinguistics
13.AliakSandra KpuduweiTenuredEnglish Language
14.Mr. Onyeka IkeTenuredLiterature
15.Charles Okorod uduTenuredEnglish Language
16Blessing Onyinyechukwu UmunnahTenuredMass Communication
17.Dr. Christabel OnyemaAdjunctLinguistics
18.Asamowei TaribolouAdjunctEconomic Theory, Public Sector and Quantitative Economics
19.Prof. Christian C. NgwuSabbaticalDevelopment Communication, Broadcast Journalism
20.Miss Phyllis O. AkpotiTenureAfrican Poetry, African Literature and Oral Literature
21.Miss Joyce Osokien AlemeTenureCommunication Studies
22.Mrs Promise Uzochi EjikeTenureEnglish Language
23.Mr. Obriki Preye SamuelTenureComparative analysis in English and other languages. (with specialization in Morphology)
24.Mr. Dooyum HaakoTenurespeech writing and Editing
25.Dr. Joel Baribor LebeTenure Language Codification,  Artificial Intelligence and Solutions
26.Mr. Sinclaire Edwin EdoghotuTenurePhonetics and Phonology