By Macaulay Tolulope
In its annual departmental lecture, tagged the Doyin Mahmoud lecture, and magazine launch, the Association of Mass Communication Students (AMCOS) hosts prominent guests to talk about the influence of the End-SARS movement and the role of the media during the movement.
The lecture titled ‘End-SARS movement: The influence and role of the media’ had the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara state governor, Rafiu Ajakaye; host of popular TVC breakfast show, ‘Your View’, Morayo Afolabi-Brown; general manager, Herald newspaper, Yomi Adeboye and youth representative, Lagos state End-SARS judicial panel, Rinu Oduala, speak on various analysis pertaining to the End-SARS movement.
The Chief Press Secretary alleged that the mainstream media performed its duties accordingly during the End-SARS movement as against the popular notion that the mainstream media refused to cover the movement effectively.
He said the mainstream media covered the movement favorably at its onset, as according to his research, major Nigerian newspapers gave prominence to publishing stories about the movement while it was brewing but had to stay neutral when they had to choose between ensuring national stability or supporting the movement.
However, Morayo Afolabi-Brown opined that the movement proved the power in numbers, agreement and the mass movement of the youth as for the first time in a long while, the government had to listen to the grievances of its citizens.
Rinu Oduala also posited that the movement brought about cultural unity, government transparency and accountability, youth expression and consciousness against bad governance through the powerful use of the social media.
However, Afolabi-Brown added that “the End-SARS movement is a starting point which can be built upon but in this era of citizen journalism and fake news, the social media can only be as good as how responsible its citizens are willing to be”.
The launched magazine, The Lens, features amazing articles including interview sessions with Morayo Afolabi-Brown; the youngest SAN in Nigeria, Oyetola Atoyebi; Airtel’s 444 crooner, Omolade Oyetundun; a feature about the End-SARS movement amongst other various write-ups.
The annual lecture is always held in honour of the late pioneer HOD of the department, Mr Doyin Mahmud, who was also a renowned journalist.