My Doctorate Status Will Bring Lots To My Department, University Community – Dr Okeowo

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The newest doctoral degree awardee, Dr Taiwo Okeowo, of the Department of Mass Communication, Lagos State University of Science & Technology (LASUSTECH), has assured that his academic elevation – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree, will be of great benefit to his Department, Faculty and the university environment at large.

Okeowo, whose thesis titled, “Framing of Farmers and Herdsmen Conflicts in Selected Nigerian newspapers”, earned the highest academic degree, said that his main focus will now be on research and expecting support in terms of grants from his faculty, university, government and bodies, while he dedicated the feat attained after five years, to one of his Supervisors, Prof. Lai Oso, who died during his PhD program.

The journalism teacher, who successfully defended his thesis at the School of Post- Graduate Studies, Lagos State University (LASU), on Thursday, 25th of January, 2024, spoke with THE IMPACT today.

“First and foremost, I thank God Almighty and I feel relieved and happy when I finished the defense because it was not an easy task. The defense took us two and half hours with six Professors in attendance”, Dr Okeowo said.

“It will bring a lot to me, the department, my faculty and to the university community, because in a university, if don’t have PhD, you won’t be recognized. That is the policy in a university system”, he added.

Aftermath his doctoral attainment, the Igbogbo Kingdom in Ikorodu Division – born Dr Okeowo said that his focus will be on research into problems that is confronting the society.

“The next step is to go into research works, because immediately you became a PhD holder, you are expected to become a researcher that would proffer solutions to various societal challenges. In this regard, I will be looking forward to grants from department, university community and other external sources as support”, he said.

Dr Okeowo dedicated his PhD to late Lai Oso, one of his program Supervisors, who died during his PhD program.

“The program took me five years, from late 2018 to early 2024. It was during the program that I lost one of my supervisors, Late Prof. Lai Oso. May his soul Rest in Peace”, he said.

“This PhD achievement is dedicated to Late Prof. Lai Oso”, Dr Okeowo added.

Dr Okeowo’s thesis was supervised by the renowned Professor, Prof. Jide Jimoh of the Lagos State University (LASU), while his external examiner was Professor Sunday Oloruntoba from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

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