Saturday, January 30 2016, saw the historic convergence of student editors and journalists at the Department of Mass Communication in the University of Lagos for the maiden summit of the National Association of Nigerian Campus Editors (NANCE).
The delegates came from various tertiary institutions in the country including the University of Ibadan, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Obafemi Awolowo Univerisity, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, Ladoke Akintola University of Techonology, Ahmadu Bello University, Crawford University and Tai Solarin Univeristy of Education.
The programme, themed ‘21st Century Campus Journalism: Issues, Challenges and Prospects’, was notably the first of its kind to be held under the NANCE national body.
In his address, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin, Online Editor, The Nation illustrated the various rules contained in the Code of Conduct guiding Nigerian journalism. He listed as part of the challenges bedevilling campus journalism, the lack of interest from students, obstacles posed by school managements and lack of training.
He explained that with training, a student can proceed to become a successful journalist, regardless of his course of study. To corroborate this point, he cited the examples of Dele Momodu, the progenitor and owner of Ovation Magazine, Segun Adeyeye and Fisayo Soyombo of The Cables who is graduate of Animal Husbandry.
Further, Mr Otufodunrin mentioned that the perfection of writing skills is one of the big prospects of journalism.
The event also saw the presentation of awards to established and student journalists.
Mr Sam Omatseye, Editor-in-Chief, The Nation was presented an Award of Excellence by the NANCE Chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Oyedeji. This award, Oyedeji noted, was to commend his support for the association and campus journalism generally.
In his reaction, Mr Omatseye thanked the association for the gesture. He thereafter advised the delegates to understand that there is no royal way to success. He substantiated this with life instances of Princess Diana and Thomas Edison who he quoted as saying success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. “If you don’t try to dare failure, you will not succeed”; he said.
In the student category, Toyin Ali of University of Ilorin emerged as the Best Campus Editor for year 2015 defeating 12 other entries.
Ladoke Akintola University of technology was declared winner of the Political Report Contest beating OAU, UNILAG, UNILORIN and UI.
Thanking God for the success of the event, the president of the association informed that the next edition of the summit will be held in another geo-political zone which will be communicated in due time.