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After missing US fellowship, PRNigeria reporter gets CDS Irabor’s sponsorship for APRA Conference in Tanzania

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Lucky Irabor, to sponsor PRNigeria reporter, Dahiru M Lawal, to participate at the African Public Relations Association, APRA, Conference scheduled to hold in Dar El Salam, Tanzania.

Mr Dahiru an award-winning Campus Journalist and West African fact-checker had recently missed the opportunity to travel to the United States of America to participate in the US-Government sponsored Mandela Washington Leadership Fellowship due to passport challenges at the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS.

The reporter’s recently published book, “101 Fake News on EndSARS” and PRNigeria’s Fack-Checking campaign against Disinformation also bagged a SABRE African PR Award 2022.

The revised edition of the book which has additional contents on the EndSARS Panel report will be presented at the yearly African PR event.

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While APRA waived about $1,000USD Conference fee for the young author/reporter, the Chief of Defence Staff, through the Directorate of Defence Information, DDI, offered him flight tickets, accommodation and other expenses associated with the trip.

Reacting to the development, Mr Lawal expressed gratitude to CDS and APRA for the consoling gestures.

He said: “Even though I miss the opportunity to participate in the U.S Fellowship, there is a huge relief and solace in these gestures from the top military hierarchy in Nigeria and the professional body of African PR Practitioners.

“My sincere appreciation also goes to the ACG Sadat Hassan of Immigration HQ for her motherly and kind intervention in facilitating the release of my passport even though after I missed the deadline for submission to the US government.”

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The APRA conference with the theme ‘Africa’s Resilience & Global Competitiveness: The Challenge for Public Relations,’ will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania May 23-27

The conference will explore the uncommon tenacity and dodginess of Africa through the pandemic and post Covid-19 while addressing Africa’s competitive advantage in the global space and how public relations can leverage Africa’s rightful position on the global stage.

Other side attractions include the annual African PR awards which recognize Superior Achievement in Branding, Reputation, and Engagement, SABRE, organised by the Provoke Media (formerly Holmes Report) in collaboration with APRA.


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