Achiever’s Corner: Media guru, academic par excellence, Prof. Umaru Pate

Prof Umaru Pate

Professor Umaru Pate was born on the January 4th, 1964 in Adamawa state.

He is an eminent scholar, a communication guru and an inspirational writer, a decisive commentator on national and international issues, an astute journalist and above all a mentor.

Prof. Pate had his early secondary school education at Government College Maiduguri and advanced level studies at the College of Preliminary Studies in Yola.

He had his first degree in Mass Communication at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, after which he left for the University of Ghana Legon on fellowship of Master of Philosophy (M.phil) Degree in Communication studies which he completed in 1990.

He enrolled for a Ph.D at the University of Maiduguri in 1993 and graduated in February 1997.

Professor Pate took appointment as a graduate assistant at the University of Maiduguri in October 1988 and immediately left for the University of Ghana Legon on fellowship of Master of Philosophy (M.phil) Degree in Communication studies which he completed in 1990.

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Before joining the teaching profession he had worked as a broadcast journalist, making his mark in the industry within his brief sojourn in the industry. He became a Professor of Media and Society in October 20, 2007.

After a stint at the University of Maiduguri, as head of department, Prof. Pate moved to Bayero University, Kano, where he later became the pioneer dean of the faculty of communication.

He transformed the faculty exponentially and placing it at the peak of national recognition.

He was instrumental to the unbundling of Mass Communication through the approval of National Universities Commission (NUC).

He was instrumental to the establishment of Bayero University Radio Station, BUK FM and securing the second university television license for the institution from National Broadcasting Commission.

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These and many more were carried out curtsey of the hundreds of millions of naira funding he secured from the MacArthur Foundation which has helped in training some of the communication lecturers in Bayero University in London and South Africa.

Similarly, the university TV and Radio station have been able to acquire world class broadcast equipment and partnership with British Broadcasting Commission (BBC) and many more international broadcaster stations.

He was later made Dean of the post-graduate school, Bayero, from where he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, in December 2020.

Prof. Pate is also editorial advisor to more than ten communication journals in and out of Nigeria and serves as external examiner to over fifteen Universities in Nigeria and abroad. Some of the universities include: Lagos, Ibadan, Nsukka, Covenant, Jos, Babcock, Makurdi, ABU, Awka, Abuja, Leicester (UK), Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Tehran (Iran).

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Prof. Umaru A. Pate is one of the major pillars of African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), Nigeria.

He is actively engaged in wider community services that include writing and commenting on national and international current affairs, offering capacity building services to media and civil society organization in and out of Nigeria, consulting for agencies and participating on official assignment at state and federal levels.

Prof. has been serving as a consultant to bilateral and multilateral agencies that include: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United States of Agency for International Development (USAID), British Department of International Development (DFID), National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Ford Foundation, Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Nigeria Stability Response Project (NSRP), Friedrich Ebert Foundation of Germany, Panos Foundation of Washington, the Trust Newspapers, Solacebase online newspaper, INEC, NTA, FRCN, National Population Commission, the National Broadcasting Commission and several state governments. Prof. Pate has served the UN system in Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Cameroons.

Prof. Pate has been life-time judge of the Wole Soyinka Investigative Journalism Prize and is on the advisory board of the Premium Times Centre of Investigative Journalism [PTCIJ].

In November, 2017, UNESCO headquarters in Paris appointed Pate as a regional director for Africa on the six persons Board of Directors of the prestigious International Network of UNESCO Professors in Communication (ORBICOM) with headquarters at the University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada.

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Prof. Pate is a holder of the traditional title of “Kaigama” in Adamawa state. It is amazing to know that Prof. Pate is a man of great courage who serves humanity, combining two tasking jobs: Journalism and a traditional ruler as the “Kaigama” of his state. This title represents the Chief of Defense Staff of the Emirate and the a number of the 12 Kingmakers of Adamawa which according to history, emerged from the reign of the Muslim founder of the state in 1809.

Prof. Pate has remained a source of inspiration to all the students he tutored at the University level and other citadels of learning here in Nigeria and abroad. He is one of the biggest names in the field of mass communication in Africa as his pedigree shows. He is impacting positively on the development of the media and the grooming of media teachers and practitioners in Nigeria.

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  1. This is huge from the achievers corner, most especially that is coming from a father in the field of media and broadcasting. I want to grow and become like my vice chancellor, Prof pate. These and more pedigrees read through, inspired me and if given the opportunity, I’ll take advantage and have a second degree in journalism most especially that we are in a digital age.

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