By Emeka Nwokocha

Excitement pervaded the lecture hall of VREI Leadership School, Effurun as Set-4 of the school received 9th lecture, barely three months to date of graduation. The lecture was held on May 8, 2021, at Shamar Education Foundation, Kolokolo, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Two erudite scholars, Dr. (Amb.) Onyi Ikemefuna, Administrative Director at Shamar Educational Foundation, and Lady Ejiro Umukoro, Investigative journalist and General Manager at MEGA FM, Warri, were on ground to impart knowledge to the students and guide them to make positive impact in the society.


Dr. (Amb.) Onyi Ikemefuna taught the class Communication/Public Speaking. She brought her repertoire of knowledge to bear on the topic and exposed the students to the fundamentals of communication, identifying types of media and their functions in the circle of communication. Various Components of communications such as media literacy, press release, press conference, and photo opportunity were identified by the lecturer. She x-rayed the state of the Nigerian media currently and identified the inherent challenges. Dr. Onyi also taught the class basic skills for preparing press conferences and press releases, even as she emphasized critical roles communication plays in leadership and enhancing of socioeconomic development in the society.

Lady Ejiro Umukoro, speaking to the students

The lecture continued with Lady Ejiro Umukoro teaching the class Leadership and Communication. She deployed a rare brand of intellection to drive home salient points. She emphasized importance of effective communication, stressing its impact on leadership.

Continuing, the bookish and veteran broadcaster simulated subliminal distortions in the flow of information from a source to the receiver during communication. The simulation aided the students in understanding that when communication is on course, perception and noise could cause distortions which in turn prevent the message from being understood the way it was intended.

Speaking earlier, the Director Of Studies (DOS), VREI Centre LSD Leadership School, Effurun, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe urged the students to put to practice the leadership skills they have learned at the school, stating that meaningful impact could be made in the society when the institutions and persons saddled with responsibility of delivering quality services and leadership to the citizenry are regularly put in check.

Presentation of Group 3’s CDS

Continuing, Pastor Egedegbe charged the students to take their studies serious by ensuring their assignments are submitted in time, in order not to be caught in the web of non fulfilment of the graduation requirements. He also urged the students to complete their CDS as soon as possible, stating that the graduation of the Set-4 of the school would hold in August, 2021.

The climax of the day’s activities was Group 3’s presentation of its CDS: “a well scripted and produced advertisement of VREI Centre LSD Leadership School.” The presentation was greeted with a thunderous applause by the students.

The Lecturers, and DOS, flanked by a section of the students

Pastor Chisom Johnson, who led other members of the group to present the CDS, said that advertising the leadership school was considered by Group 3 as potent step to announce the importance of the school to the larger world, and also avail the public an opportunity of acquring advanced leadership skills for the betterment of the society.

The advertisement pack comprises broadcast advertising (radio), banners and flyers.

Dr. (Amb.) Onyi Ikemefuna (left), and Lady Ejiro Umukoro


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