By Abuchi Onwumelu
A book entitled, New Media & African Society comprising essays, reviews and research) has been launched in Awka the Anambra State Capital. The book edited by the Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Azuka Omenugha; Adebayo Fayoyin and Charles Muiru Ngugi was reviewed by Professor Chukwuemeka Eze Onukogu, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Reading Association of Nigeria.
The book presentation attracted people from all walks of life notable among whom were the Executive Governor of Anambra state, Chief (Dr.) Willie Mmaduaburochukwu Obiano (Akpokue dike Global) represented by the state Head of Service, Barr. Harry Udu; the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Willie Obiano, Hon. James Eze, the national president of ASATU, Chief Alex Onukwue, the House of Reps Member-elect for Idemili North & South, Hon. Ibezi Ifeanyichukwu (Ochiagha Idemili).
Others are the former Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Chief Tony Onyima (Ife Idemili); the member representing Njikoka II state constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. (Sir) Peter Ibida and his Idemili North counterpart, Hon. Nkoli Mmegbuanaeze; MD/CEO Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Nze Uche Nworah (Ezeudo Enugwu na Umunri); academia, literary giants, traditional rulers, top government functionaries, SSAs, SAs, EAs, students, among others.
The book was described by those who attended the presentation as a well researched work, rich in content and thoroughly edited. The book talked about newness of social media, merits and demerits, hate speech, spousal differences, communication gap between couples owing to advent of social media, citizen journalism etc.
A total of 28 Africans (19 males and 9 females) contributed towards the success of the book. They were drawn from different countries of the world. Go get a copy now!!!
Reviwing the book an educationist and former Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Anambra State, Prof Chukwuemeka Eze Onukaogu, called for the inclusion of internet as a separate subject in schools.
He said teaching internet as a separate subject in schools would equip students for the circular society.
His words ‘We need to expose our children on what to encounter in society, the use of the social media and others.
‘We have to warn them of the uncouth languages people use in the social medians and also help them to avoid such languages.
‘Internet should be taught as a subject in schools. Internet literacy should be made a vital part of our education,” Onukaugu said while reviewing the book.
Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who was represented by the head of service, Barr Harry Uduh, said the book was worthy of being owned by every adult who makes use of the internet in Africa, promising that the government of the state will distribute copies to schools and libraries for use by people of the state.