2017 Peace Media Parley – Ninth Annual Edition

African peace architecture keeps evolving but state weakness, the disappointment and disillusionment of citizens over the inadequacy or poor performance of their leaders, are becoming a huge challenge. It is imperative to know that good governance and transparent leadership are central to peace and development.

The media industry has an onerous responsibility to constantly engage critical stakeholders on various issues of good governance, justice, fairness, equity, and human right which are critical elements for peace and development in any society. Media practitioners cannot continue to be indifference but must ensure accountability in government and other non-state actors. In achieving this feat, the place of the new media technology and the opportunities it offers development journalists, cannot be over emphasized.

 

This development demands that the journalists, including photo journalists and cartoonists in the media industry, should begin to think out of the box in their work and picture the continent for sustainable peace and stability.

The 2017 Peace Media Parley (PM) is primarily focused on cartoonists and photojournalists in Nigeria while development journalists will not be left out in the training. It would help to educate, enlighten and build the capacity of media practitioners to write and craft stories that focuses on peace building and development, using the available new media tool.

The partnership between AFPLI and BudgIT is a welcome development for 2017 PMP as it offers  opportunities for the teaching and learning of peace and development in media practice. BudgIT has over the years empowered development journalists on the use of new media technology to ensure accountability, justice and equity which in fact resonates with the driving force around PMP, an initiative of AFPLI, in the last nine years of organizing this training for development journalists.


Cartoonists and photo journalists all around the world are men and women who create drawings, texts and pictures used in political commentaries, comic strips and animated features. It is a fun and exciting way to express oneself through the instrumentality of art. It is a simple and elegant way to tell a story or describe the world. Cartoonists are a form of journalism that covers news or nonfiction events using the framework of comics – a combination of words and drawing images to tell stories.

 

                                         Concept, Goal and Objectives

  • Empowering cartoonists and journalists with new media tools to become a voice within the media industry for sustainable peace in Nigeria.
  • Train cartoonists and practicing journalists on the teaching and practices of peace journalism.
  • Research the role of cartoonists in Africa’s development and its varying opportunities for peace building.
  • To bring cartoonists in Nigeria to a new level of conversation around developmental reporting
  • To enhance the capacity of cartoonists on peace and conflict reporting.
  • Practical training on crafting creative cartoons and photos for development journalists

Topics and Themes for Previous Editions of Peace Media Parleys

2008:  Cultivating a Mediating Nation through a Mediating Media

2009: Nigeria, a Nation on the Road to a New Rebirth.

2010:  Mending Social Tissues through Objective Community Development Reporting

2012: Balance Reporting: Pathway to Peace and Development in Africa.

2013: The role of Nigerian Journalists in the Quest for Peaceful Co-existence.

2014: Right of people to peace before, during and after the Nigeria General Election 2014

2015: Picture Africa for Peace and Development 1.0

2016 Picture Africa for Peace and Development 2.0 with special interest in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of the media.

About African Projects/Foundation for Peace and Love Initiative (APPLI/AFPLI)

African Projects/Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives, a grassroots proactive peace organization set up with the objective of promoting ethnoreligious harmony in Africa through structured education for peace, socio-cultural adjustment programs, and indigenous peace building capacities. A 501 c 3 NGO, with its headquarters in the United States of America, and accredited by the UNDPI, is developing continental chapters throughout Africa and encouraging the establishment of affiliates in other parts of the world (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Middle-East and all the third worlds) with a view to starting a new conversation with the rest of humanity about the need for grassroots proactive peacebuilding,

 

About BudgIT.com

Founded in 2011, BudgIT is a civic organization that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, to facilitate societal change. A pioneer in the field of social advocacy melded with technology, BudgIT uses an array of tech tools to simplify the budget and matters of public spending for citizens, with the primary aim of raising standard of transparency and accountability in government.

 

PROGRAMME OF EVENT FOR THE TWO DAYS PEACE MEDIA PARLEY ORGANISED BY AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR PEACE AND LOVE INITIATIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BUDGIT.COM

First Day Events – November 28, 2017

Registration

Opening prayer and National Anthem

Introduction of participants/special guests

Expectation of participants at the workshop

Opening address by the Founding President of AFPLI, Rev. Dr. Titus Kolawole Oyeyemi

Welcome address by the CEO, BudgIT, Mr. Oluwaseun Onigbinde

Keynote address: Picture Africa For Peace and Development 3.0 by Mr. Rotimi Sankore, the Editor, African Development Information Service, Lagos

Short Break/Refreshment

First session: Concept of Peace building and Mediation by Mrs. Eniola Ogundipe, the National Secretary and Protocol Officer, AFPLI

Second session: Harnessing the opportunity in Traka.com tool by BudgIT.com

Question and answer and feedback session

Second Day Events – November 29, 2017

Recap/take home from the previous day sessions

Today’s expectation

First session: Concept of Peace building and Development and Peace Building Reporting in the 20th century— by Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin, Managing Editor, Online and Special Publication.

Second session: Data and Visualization: a tool or media advocacy by BudgIT

Third session: Follow the Money, influencing government spending by BudgIT

Short break/refreshment

Fourth session: Group work by BudgIT

Certification, group photograph

 

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An Audio Tour of Our Organization and Its Mission

Introduction and Founding


Peace Clubs and Organization Growth



Proactive Grassroots Peace Building


Peace Media Parley

Peace Education


Conclusion


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REPORT OF PEACE MEDIA PARLEY 2015

The 2015 peace media parley, organized by the African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives, was held December 18, 2015 at the International Press Centre in Lagos. The theme for this year’s event was “Picture Africa for Peace and Development.”

The media parley was specifically targeted at cartoonists and photojournalists who create drawings, text and pictures used in political commentary, comic strips and animated features. The parley was borne out of the need to encourage cartoonists and photojournalists in using their work to promote peace in society.

Although media houses at times do provide peace training for journalists and photojournalists, cartoonists are usually not offered such training. Yet, their images could be used as tools to promote peace.

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Journalists and other participants pose for a group photograph at the media parley.

The major objectives of the 2015 peace media parley were to:

  • Bring cartoonists in Nigeria to a new level of conversation for peace and development.
  • Train cartoonists and journalists on the practices of peace journalism.
  • Enhance the capacity of cartoonists and journalists for peace and conflict reporting.

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Founding president of African Projects/Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives Rev. Dr. Titus Oyeyemi (left) is seen with Professor Lai Osho, a guest speaker at the event.

Guest speakers who graced the occasion include:

  • Professor Lai Osho, Immediate past dean of Lagos State University School of Communication
  • Oliver Enwonwu, executive director of the Omenka Gallery
  • Dada Dekola, Vanguard Newspapers cartoon editor
  • George Oshodi, a frontline practitioner in photography

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Pictured (from left) are Oliver Enwonwu, Rev. Dr. Titus Oyeyemi, Dada Dekola, and George Oshodi.  

Professor Lai Osho, immediate past dean of Lagos State University School of Communication, was the first speaker who pointed out that cartoonists can be very powerful in furnishing us with knowledge about our society because what they present us with is part of the discourse going on.

Speaking about peace journalism, Osho noted that there are a lot of negative things happening in the nation, but photojournalists should place less emphasis on factors that divide us as a people. He stressed that cartoonists should instead pay more attention to qualities that are common to different areas of the country, stating that priority on conflict-sensitive journalism should be embraced.

“The media has freedom, but they have the responsibility to make the society stable,” Osho said.

With similar views to Osho’s, African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives founding president Rev. Dr. Titus K. Oyeyemi recalled the cartoon magazines (Awo Rerin in Yoruba language) which Osho cited earlier. They were distributed several years ago to school children in the southwestern part of Nigeria. He stated that the cartoons not only were hilarious but also taught good values to children.

Earlier in his keynote address, Oyeyemi opined that having watched Nigerian politics for a long time, he’s noticed that cartoonists and photojournalists have depicted the ways of politics in Nigeria in illustrations, concepts and strategies.

Oyeyemi then stressed that the need to encourage cartoonists and photojournalists to picture Africa for peace and development cannot be over-emphasized. He pointed out the powerful effect cartoons can have by citing the example of the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in a cartoon by a Danish newspaper in 2005 which sparked violent protests.

He therefore concluded that it behoves our cartoonists and photojournalists to take their roles seriously and use their skills to promote peacebuilding and development in Africa and other parts of the world.

Oyeyemi further stated that cartoons can be used to forecast or predict the future. In his words, ‘’Creation belongs to the old generation but innovation belongs to the new generation.” He concluded by saying that young people are sent to school so they can become innovators, and admonished school leavers to be innovators by engaging in research.

In attendance at the parley was Vanguard Newspapers cartoon editor Dada Dekola, who presented slides of his cartoons that cut across politics, the economy, and social issues. The cartoons were appreciated by the audience as they were treated to numerous cartoon images. This illustrates how cartoons can be used to pass powerful messages across to a target audience.

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Vanguard Newspapers cartoon editor Dada Dekola (center) during his presentation for the media parley.

Also in attendance at the peace media parley were renowned professional photographers such as Omenka Gallery executive director Oliver Enwonwu and George Oshodi. Using illustrations in words and samples of photographs, they demonstrated to the audience how happenings in our society can be presented in pictures and how these pictures can be used as tools for awakening society to the necessity of peace and justice, as well as driving peacebuilding activities.

Participants at the parley, mainly journalists, had the opportunity to ask questions of the guest speakers. They pertained to issues discussed at the event.  

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Evelyn Osagie of The Nation Newspaper speaks during an interactive session of the media parley.

During the event, Oyeyemi presented some of his books to the guest speakers. They include: Equipping the New African Peace Builder, and Evaluating Peace Education: A Study of Nigerian Junior Secondary Schools. 

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Oliver Enwonwu (second from right) is presented with books written by founding President Titus Oyeyemi (right).