Atsen Jonathan Ahua
Name: Atsen Jonathan Ahua
Organisation: Africa Link Magazine
Mr. Atsen Jonathan Ahua has wide and in-depth experience in mass media and management at local national, regional and international levels. He has served variously as journalist, broadcaster, manager and consultant. He has provided consultancy services to national, inter-governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations in the cultural, communication and education sectors. He has contributed to the initiation and development of non-governmental organizations and professional companies. He is currently an independent consultant in media and communication services and editor of Africa Link Magazine in Switzerland. Other professional and career responsibilities in the course of the past 30 years have included 3 years as consultant to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on communication and peace building in Somalia; 5 years as an independent consultant, evaluator and resource person to various client organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Kenya Communications Commission, the All Africa Conference of Churches, the African Council for Communication Education, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); 5 years as Director of the Programme Exchange Centre of the Union of National Radio and Television Organizations of Africa and 6 years as producer-director, project development co-ordinator and controller of programmes for Nigeria’s national television network, the Nigerian Television Authority. Mr. Ahua had also worked in the print media as a feature writer and sub-editor for the Nigeria Standard, a Nigerian national daily, and in radio as producer and presenter for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria. A firm believer in contributing without ostentation to positive developments in whatever environment he finds himself, Mr. Ahua played a key role as project co-ordinator in the development and implementation of the media strategy for the child survival and development revolution in Nigeria that led to the most massive immunization coverage of children between the ages of 0 – 5years in the mid to late 1980s. During the same period, Mr. Ahua, as project development officer for the national television network, contributed to the emergence and development of the Nigerian Independent film production industry that has come to be known as Nollywood.