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Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Rongo University and Founding Director, Center for Media, Democracy, Peace & Security, Rongo University, Rongo University

Fredrick Ogenga is an Associate Professor, Communication and Media Studies, Rongo University, Founding Director Center for Media, Democracy, Peace and Security, Rongo University and President of the Peacemakers Corps Foundation, Kenya. Ogenga is a 2014 Africa Peacebuilding Network Grantee and 2016 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar, Washington DC.

He is a former Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Visiting Researcher at the African Studies Center, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, USA, Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath, UK and a former Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Advancement of Social Sciences, Boston University, USA.

He is a consultant for government and non-governmental organizations in the area of Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism, crime and violence, democracy, peace and security, working with the National Counterterrorism Center, National Crime Research Center, Kenya School of Government, the Commission for University Education, the Africa Union, Canergie Corporation of New York, Avaaz, International Alert, Pamoja for Transformation, Toda Peace Institute, Tokyo and Champions for Peace among others. He is a member of the County Engagement Forum on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya and member of the International Panel on Exiting Violence. Ogenga is widely published in the area of media, peace and security.

Currently, he is championing African Peace Journalism through a Pan-African institutional methodological and philosophical approach to media and peacebuilding in Africa anchored on the philosophies of Utu, Umoja and Harambee captured in his latest edited book “Peace Journalism in East Africa- A Manual for Media Practitioners” published by Routledge.

Ogenga has several other book chapters including: Hybrid Peace Journalism- Institutional Philosophical Approaches to Peace and Security in Africa; Thinking about Community Radio and Beyond for Conflict Management in The North Rift: A Concept Paper; Can “African Centered Journalism” Contain Terror threats in the New World Order? and Institutional Designs, Democracy and Peacebuilding in Africa.

His latest forthcoming books are: “Africa’s Media, Democracy and Politics of Representation and Media and Security in Africa (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Ogenga is the lead editor in an article series on Research Topics at Frontiers: “Myths, Misconceptions and Politics of Covid 19 in Africa on Social Media Platforms” by Frontiers Journal of Communication. He is also championing the adoption of Build-Up's online depolarization "Commons Methodology" and Social Media Literacy in Western Kenya through an online and offline project called Maskani in Swahili or dwelling.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Rongo University

Honours

The Peacemaker Corp