ACSPN Holds Conference in Abeokuta to Celebrate Founding Father, Calls for Papers


acspn_Logo-2The Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) has issued a call for papers for its Sixth Annual Conference focused on the topic “National Interest, Freedom of Expression and Governance in Africa” scheduled to hold on September 4 and 5, 2019, in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The Conference will feature a special panel with the theme: “Media Sustainability and the Consolidation of Democracy”.

The choice of Abeokuta is symbolic and historical as Nigeria marks the 160th anniversary this year of the founding by Reverend Henry Townsend in 1859 of Nigeria’s first newspaper – Iwe Iroyin fun awon Egba ati Yoruba (newspaper for the Egba and Yoruba people) also at Abeokuta, ACSPN’s conference represents an acknowledgement of the convergence of national interest, freedom of expression and governance, as a logical contribution to the ideals of democratic and sustainable development.

According to ACSPN, if the launch of the newspaper contributed to triggering the rise of a core of nationalists who were critical to the end of colonialism, another gathering at Abeokuta would enable the appropriate emphasis on the need to stave any slide to incivility, impunity, and undemocratic tactics, no matter their manifestations.

ACSPN also invites individual, corporate, institutional and governmental submissions, local or international, on the theme: “National Interest, Freedom of Expression and Governance in Africa.” Submissions are encouraged from communication and media scholars, professionals and other interested individuals across disciplines and professions.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words (typed using Times New Roman font and 1.5 spacing format) should be emailed by July 15, 2019 and full papers (typed using Times New Roman font and 1.5 spacing format) by 15th August, 2019 to these email addresses –,, acspn.conference/

Abstracts should be appropriately labelled and include affiliation, address, email and phone numbers of authors, as more specific correspondence would be sent only to confirmed participants as the date approaches.

The conference fee is N15, 000, £75, $100 (for subscribed ACSPN members for 2019) and N20, 000, £100 $150 (for non-ACSPN Participants). There are a limited number of places available for those who are strictly students at a fee of N5, 000 (Applicants should indicate if they wish to be considered for one of these places when sending their abstract; or contact ACSPN as soon as possible).

All payments should be made to Association of Communication Scholars & Professionals of Nigeria (Guaranty Trust Bank, Naira Account No: 0141407323). Outside Nigeria (Guaranty Trust Bank, Domiciliary [Euro, Dollars, Pounds] Account No: 0141439012)

It is important to note that the conference fee does not include accommodation. Enquiries should be directed to: or