Emeka L. Umejei
PhD, Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies
Emeka Umejei has the unique advantage of having academic knowledge and a professional experience of Journalism. He has been a print, TV and online journalist for more than one decade. Emeka Umejei is one of the authors of the Nigerian Media Landscape responsible for the segments on digital technology, innovation, traditional forms of communication and the conclusion.
Emeka Umejei holds a master's degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University in Grahamstown and a PhD in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His first book, Chinese Media in Africa: Perception, Performance and Paradox, published by Rowman and Littlefield will be released in July 2020. He is widely quoted on Chinese media in Africa and has written extensively on the subject.
Emeka Umejei has been published in international academic journals such as Africa-East-Asian Affairs, Chinese Journal of Communication and African Journalism Studies. He is also a reviewer for several international academic journals including International Journal of Communication (IJoC), Chinese Journal of Communication, African Journalism Studies, The Journal of International Communications, and Journal of Public Affairs.
Emeka Umejei has served as a keynote speaker/panellist at some academic conferences/ global media events including: Speaker/Panellist, Shifting Powers: News Agencies and Geopolitics: New Emerging Players, Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany, May 27-28, 2019; Keynote Speaker, Mediascapes of Ruined Geographies in the Global South, University of Tubingen, Germany, February 21-22, 2019; Keynote Speaker, Chinese Influence on African Media, organised by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Washington DC, USA and Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, February 22-23, 2018, Accra, Ghana.
- Feature Writing
- Media and Development
- Senior Research Project
- Journalism Studies
- Global Media/Chinese Media
- International Relations/ Media
- Democracy in Africa
- Associatuon for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
- South African Communictaion Assocaition(Emerging Scholars Division)
- West African Network for Responsible Fishing
- Nigeria Union of Journalists
1. Umejei, E (July, 2020). Chinese Media in Africa: Perception, Performance and Paradox. Maryland, US: Rowman and Littlefield.
3. Umejei, E. and Suleiman A. S. (July, 2020). Investigative Journalism in Nigeria (1999-2019): A Shift to Online Media? In Investigative Journalism, Edited by Professor Hugo De Burch and Dr Paul Lashmar (Third Edition). London: Routledge.
4. Umejei E. (forthcoming). Stoking Diplomatic Tensions: Framing Xenophobic Attacks in a Post- Truth Era. A Book chapter accepted for publication in Reporting Xenophobia in Africa edited by Professor Dumisani Moyo and Dr Shepherd Mpofu, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
5. Umejei, E. (forthcoming). Resistance from the Global South: Nigerian Press Framing of Bonga Oil Spill. In Mediascapes of Ruined Geographies in the Global South. London: Routledge.
1. Umejei, E. (2019). We Still Have Lots to Learn About How the Media Covered State Capture. In State of the Newsroom 2018: Structured Unstructured edited by Alan Finlay. Wits Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2. Duru, E., Umejei, E and Ekeh, I .( 2019). Weaponizing Music for Political Contestation and Rivalry in Nigeria. In Music and Messaging in the African Political Arena edited by Professor Uche Onyebadi, Texas Christian University, U.S.A (Pennsylvania: IGI Global).
1. Umejei, E. (2018) Hybridizing Journalism: Clash of two 'Journalisms' in Africa, Chinese Journal of Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17544750.2018.1473266.
2. Umejei, E.(2018) Mediating the Landing of a Commercial Aircraft at Waterkloof Air Force Base. African Journalism Studies, DOI: 10.1080/23743670.2018.1523065
3. Umejei, E. (2018). Chinese Media in Africa: Between Promise and Reality. African Journalism Studies.doi/abs/10.1080/23743670.2018.1473275
1. Umejei E. (2017). Newspaper Coverage of China’s Engagement with Nigeria: Partner or Predator? A Book chapter in China-Africa Relations: Building Images through Cultural Co-operation, Media Representation and on the Ground Activities Edited by Kathryn Batchelor and Xiaoling Zhang (pp 167-183)
1. Umejei E. (2015). China’s Engagement with Nigeria: Opportunity or Opportunist? Africa East-Asian Affairs Journal, Issue 3(4): 54-78.