Returning communications scholar, Ritchard Tamba M’bayo, has praised AUN’s physical improvements after he took a break in December 2012.
The Sierra Leone-born professor is back to the School of Arts & Sciences as chair of the Communications & Multimedia Design program.
“There have been a lot of infrastructural changes,” said Prof M’bayo who was away from AUN for about 68 months.
M’bayo, who has taught for many years across Africa and the USA, told us that when it comes to learning and teaching structures, AUN by far exceeds many of the universities he has been to.
“From where I am coming in the US, Lagos, where I was a Fulbright professor, and Sierra Leone, where I spent some years, AUN far surpasses all of those places in terms of learning and teaching environment that modern universities are supposed to create.”
The American-trained social scientist, who holds Masters and doctorate degrees from Howard University, Washington, DC, where he also taught before his move back to AUN, lamented the slow progress of the CMD program.
“The program has perhaps gone back so much,” he told our team at an interactive session in Dean Patrick Fay’s office.
The Professor of Mass Communication, who is also a renowned writer and researcher, said that he believes the prospects to achieve greatness at AUN are limitless.
“Here at AUN, the possibilities are just great for me personally as a teacher and researcher.”
Ritchard Tamba M’bayo Scholar who left his native Sierra Leone years ago to study and pursue his career in the US at age 24, expressed great joy re-joining AUN. His new students, he said, are way younger than his former students.
Professor Ritchard Tamba M’bayo holds a masters and a Ph.D. from Howard. An accomplished and internationally recognized scholar, Professor M’bayo is a renowned political activist [He once took leave from academia to bid for the presidency of Sierra Leone], a civil society advocate, and a community organizer.
A researcher, writer, and motivational speaker, M’bayo is an American-trained professional journalist with experience in both print and broadcast media. He has worked for the print and broadcast organizations in the United States of America.
For M’bayo, reaching his present pedestal has not been an easy road. Mentoring a group of polytechnic students on an excursion to AUN, the professor shared the story of how he found himself in journalism.
“I went to the United States as a science student to study nuclear physics but could not get a scholarship. I tried accounting but didn’t like it.”
He said the decision to major in journalism followed from the accolades he received from his colleagues over an article he was inspired to write in the students’ newspaper. “So I wrote this article, ‘African family is a cultural affair,’ explaining the meaning of the family in Africa compared to its meaning in the United States.”
When the paper came out, he became an instant celebrity. He went home that night, telling himself, “Now I know what I am going to be. I am going to be a journalist.”
M’bayo has written many books, papers, and journals in different disciplines of the social sciences. They include Press & Politics in Africa, and Political Culture, Cultural Universals and the Crisis of Identity in Africa: Essays in Ethnoglobalization.
He has also helped to develop programs in Mass Communication for universities in his country of birth.
Reported by Togor Passa