The Media Educational Development Initiative for Africa (M.E.D.I.A) is CMPI’s flagship professional development program for Africa. M.E.D.I.A provides platforms for African journalists to exchange with journalists from other parts of the world notably Europe and the United States of America.
Media Educational Development Initiative for Africa – MEDIA is an exchange program designed for professional development of journalists from Africa. Participants share ideas and skills with their counterparts from other parts of the world on contemporary journalism practice. Typically, M.E.D.I.A. program invites distinguished scholars and journalists to share knowledge and expertise on Africa focusing on the media’s role in supporting democracy, public policy, and peace building.
At a CMPI-sponsored Public Lecture Prof. Humphrey Nwosu speaks of participatory democracy in Africa and says “you cannot pursue real development without having institutions, governments, legislatures, and systems that can transit from one another without violence; where leadership can change without violence and where sovereignty belongs to the people….”
Focus On Nigeria’s 2015 Election
Lawrence Freeman, fresh from a meeting with Nigerian President elect Mohammadu Buhari spoke to CMPI. Freeman said that the new leader was aware of the enormous security and economic challenges in the country. Nigeria, Mr Freeman noted, should not expect help from foreign countries because western countries including the US are not in sound economic state to assist Nigeria anymore.