Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Featured Member for the Month of April: Bob Wekesa

Bob Wekesa is a Kenyan Media and Communications expert who is currently a postdoctoral fellow, School of Literature, Languages and Media Studies, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, University the Witwatersrand. He is also a Research Associate at Wits Africa-China Reporting Project.

Bob obtained a PhD in international communications at Communication University of China and is founding research coordinator at the African Communication Research Centre at Communication University of China. In 2002, he became a Commonwealth Press Union fellow in the UK (Harry Brittain Fellow).

His journalism experience spans reporting, editing and leadership including: editorial director, Kenya Today Newspaper; managing editor, Global Village Publishers (2008-2010) where he helped establish the influential Diplomat East Africa magazine and the Best of Kenya book series; political reporter/features writer, The Standard newspaper, Kenya (1999-2003); correspondent, Reuters African Journal television (2003 – present).

He has also been a leader in the Kenyan media having served as executive chairman of the Kenya Journalists Association (2007-2008) and as deputy secretary general rising to secretary general position at the Kenya Union of Journalists (2003-2007).

Bob Wekesa serves on the boards of the Kenyan Paraplegic and is a member of the ‘Chinese in Africa Africans in China Research Network’ among others.

With research interests in the China-Africa relations generally; focusing on the intersection of international communication and international relations, he has published thoughtful opinion articles widely in newspapers such as Daily Nation (Kenya), The Citizen (Tanzania), The African Daily (USA), China Daily (China), and The Herald (Zimbabwe) among others.

Bob Wekesa is presently current affairs commentator on China Radio International. He has authored two books and chapters in various other books and is currently finalising a China-Africa book project. He has also published in peer reviewed academic journals on the China-Africa communications theme in addition to many conference presentations.

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