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Theatre & Media Arts, Faculty of Arts

Mr. John Dogara Ogoshi

Lecturer II

Media Studies via Development Communication




Everybody is gifted for something, but the winning edge comes from our ability to work on our gifts and bless the world with it. The very best way to develop yourself is in the direction of your natural talents and interest. In order to live a fulfilled and impactful life, we need to work harder on our gift than our job. We need to discover our gift, develop it, and sell it. Don’t bury your TALENT with your certificates.



John  Dogara Ogoshi was born to the family of Adah Ishaleku Ari and Eneh Ogona Ishaleku Ogoshi of Doma town on the 2nd January, 1968 (the date of birth is an approximation as the actual date is not known). As tradition demands in Alago nation, the first child (though I am not the first, but the third as all the elders’ ones passed on) will be given the maternal grandfather to help in the farming activities and domestic chores. I was brought up by my maternal grandfather, Ogoshi Adra popularly known as Ogoshi Gagudu and maternal grandmother,

Omanya Ogoshi Osabo.

I began my primary education in 1976 at Roman Catholic Mission Transferred School, Doma and graduated in 1982. Thereafter moved to Andoma Community secondary School, Okpatta in 1992 and spent one year. I later transferred to Government Secondary School (GSS), Doma in 1983 where I graduated in 1987.

Due to the poor background of my parents, I moved out of the community to Lagos in search of any kind of job and I was lucky to work as house boy and security guard in Surulere and Oshodi respectively. On my return in December 1987, I went back to GSS, Doma to remedy my GCE result in 1988. In 1998, I sojourned to Jos in search of white collar job and again was lucky to be assisted by Alhaji Ahmed Agyina (then Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, state ministry of finance, Jos) and I was offered employment with the then Plateau State Revenue Board in 1992. I spent five months with the board and I was relieved of the appointment. In August, 1992 I secured another job with Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Jos as a Personnel Assistant (iii). This job provided the opportunity for me

further my education.

On 30th April, 1994,  I got married to my beautiful and caring wife, then Margaret Iyimeshi Omadeful, but now Mrs. Margaret Iyimeshi Ogoshi. The marriage did not stopped me from continuing  with my education and I enrolled to Centre for Continuing Education, University of Jos in 1995 and graduated in 1997 with Diploma in Mass Communication. In 2000, I proceeded to the main campus of University of Jos for my undergraduate study and in 2003, I graduated with Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication and thereafter in 20005, I was mobilised to serve the nation by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi State where I served at GSS Toro as a teacher. After the national service I began to feel the urge to take teaching as a profession and took appointment with Plateau

State Polytechnic as an adjunct lecturer in 2006 and left in 2007.

These teaching experiences further propelled my desire to be an academician; hence I went back to University of Jos to study for the second degree in 2012 and graduated in 2013 with Master of Arts, Mass Communication. After my graduation, Nigeria Television Authority training arm known as NTA Television College, Jos, an affiliate of ABU Zaria engaged my service as an adjunct lecturer in 2014 to 2018. It was within my sojourn at NTA Television College, Jos that I got appointment as a lecturer with Federal University of Lafia in November 2016. I left Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity as Principal Labour Officer and transferred my service years to Federal University of Lafia.  My area of specialization is media studies with bias on development communication and I have 12 publications to my credit.

On my marriage life, the union is blessed with two children: Valentine Osabo Ogoshi and Damian Ishaleku Ogoshi. My hobbies are teaching, reading and watching football. I am a Christian and I profess the catholic


On membership of professional bodies, I am currently a member of African Council for Communication Education (ACCE), Nigeria Chapter and also a relapsed member of Nigerian Institute of Public

Relations (NIPR), Jos Chapter.

I have often told people and I am telling you now that there is no Recovery without Discovery. A poor man is simply someone that has not discovered himself .The more you discover yourself, the more you realize the treasures that are hidden deep within you. We carry inside ourselves latent treasures that can only be unveiled through self-discovery.



Selected Publications in Scientific Journals

    1. John Dogara Ogoshi (2015). Healing a Fractured Nigeria: The Press Option. CACTUS: A Multi-disciplinary Journal of the Department of Theater Arts, Plateau State University Bokkos, Nigeria. Vol.1.No.1 (maiden edition). 194-204

    2. Santas Tsegyu & John Dogara Ogoshi (2015). Mass Media and the Challenges of Sustainable Development in Nigeria. Journal of Research in National Development: An International Publication of the Transcampus Inter-disciplinary Research and Study Group of the Department of Maritime Management Technology, Federal University of Technology,Owerri,Nigeria. Vol.13. No.1.

    3. John Dogara Ogoshi (2015). Perspectives on Development Journalism Practice for Nigeria Audience. Polac International Journal of Humanities and Security Studies of the Department of History and International Studies, Nigeria Police Academic,Wudil,Kano, Nigeria. Vol.1.No.1. 181-193.

    4. John Dogara Ogoshi (2015). Implementing Vision20:2020 Programme through the Development Support Communication Approach. Lapai Journal of Languages, Literatures and Communication Studies, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, Nigeira. Vol.2. No.2. 188-204.

    5. John Dogara Ogoshi (2015). Communicating Change for the Development of Plateau State. Lapai Journal of Humanities of the Department of History and International Studies, Ibrahim Badamasi Babagida University,Lapai,Niger State, Nigeria.Vol.9.No.2. 289-304.

    6.   Santas Tsegyu & John Dogara Ogoshi (2016). An Appraisal of Mass Media Role in Consolidating Democracy in Nigeria. African Research Review: An International Multi-Disciplinary Journal, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Vol.10 (1). No.40. 73-86.

    7. John Dogara Ogoshi (2016). Perspectives on Journalism Profession in Nigeria. International Journal of Communication: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication Studies of the Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. No.19. 50-60.

    8. Santas Tsegyu & John Dogara Ogoshi (2017). Press Coverage of the 2015 Presidential Election in Nigeria.  A case Study of DailyTrust, The Nation and The Guardian Newspapers. Novena Journal of Communication of the Department of Mass Communication, Novena University, Ogume, Delta State, Nigeria. Vol.3.

    9. John Dogara Ogoshi (2017). Perspectives on Mass Media and Democracy in Nigeria. Uniuyo Journal of Communication Studies of the Department of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria.

    10.  Thomas A. Alemoh, Comfort Ukwela & John Dogara Ogoshi (2018). Impact of Students Internship Experience on their Perception of Journalism Ethics. The International Journal of Asian Social Science of Asian Economic and Social Society.No.9, Vol. 8. 712-724.

    11. John Dogara Ogoshi & Emmanuel Paul Idakwo. (2018).The Level of Journalist’s Adherence on the Core Values of Journalism practice in Nasarawa State. Nasarawa Journal of Multimedia and Communication Studies of the Department of Mass Communication. Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. No.2, Vol.1. 251-260.

    12.  John Dogara Ogoshi, Santas Tsegyu & Ibrahim, Jubrin Ahmad (2019). Newspaper Coverage of Developmental issues in Nigeria: A Study of Daily Trust and The Nation Newspapers. Journal of Theatre, Culture and Media Arts of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Federal University, Lafia, Nigeira.No.1, Vol.1. 51-62.



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