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Meet the Chief Executive Officer of Redemption 101.5 FM - Bishop Prof. Ahaziah Umanah

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He was born prematurely in 1941 inside Qua Iboe Church Abat, where his mother went to pray to have a living baby after a number of miscarriages.

 

Ahaziah attended Annang Peoples Group School (1948-1956), where he obtained his Eastern Nigeria First School Leaving Certificate in 1956. In 1957 he proceeded to Holy Family College, Oku Abak, Abak where he earned his Cambridge West African School Certificate in 1961. The School of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia – Ibeku was his next port of call, where in 1962, he obtained his Agricultural Assistant Certificate in 1962 as well as his Diploma in Agriculture in 1967.

 

He grew up as a Sunday school teacher and in 1966, rose to become the President of the Nigerian Christian Youth Movement (NCYM). His exemplary role as the Youth President gave him a ticket to attend the International Youth Conference in 1968 in Cape May, New Jersey, while he was studying for his Diploma in Tropical Agriculture at the School of Agriculture Umudike.

 

Bishop Prof. Ahaziah Umanah

In his quest to further broaden his scope of knowledge, Ahaziah Umanah was admitted into Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA, where in 1971, he bagged B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in English and Humanities. In 1975, he completed his Masters’ program from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA and earned an M.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He currently hold two (2) PhD degrees in Mass Communication as well as Sociology from the same institution. He also has a Professional Chaplaincy Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic.

 

In 1971, Prof. Ahaziah Umanah was ordained a Deacon in an all-white First Christian Church, Iowa City, Iowa, USA. In 1980, he was ordained a church Elder and between 1997 and 2009, he was ordained as Pastor and rose to become a Superintendent Pastor. In 2000, he was elected as the President of the Community Association of Christian Prelates and in March 2010, he was consecrated as a Bishop of the First Temple Church of the Nazarene. He was later elected Vicar, Information and Public Relations, Association of Charismatic Ministers and Bishops of Nigeria (ACMB) and was later elected the President of ACMB.

 

Bishop Prof Ahaziah has distinguished himself as an academic scholar and has served in capacities such as: Director – Development and Advancement, Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene; Coordinator and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Ritman University; Professor (Broadcasting and International Communication), Texas Southern University, Houston, TX (Dec. 2012 -2014); Director of International Affairs and Industrial Cooperation, Akwa Ibom State University (2009-2011); Member of Senate and Academic Board, Akwa Ibom State University (2009-2011); Secretary, Board of Trustees, Centre for Skills Acquisition and Rural Development, University of Uyo (Feb. 2001-2007); Member of Senate, University of Uyo (1985-2003); Executive Director, Centre for Skills Acquisition and Rural Development, University of Uyo (February 2001 – September 2003); Associate Editor, International Journal of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo (2000-2003); Member, University Development Committee, UNICROSS (1985-1987); Chairman, Developing and Structuring of Faculty Wide Courses, UNICROSS (1985-1986); Founding Head of Department of Mass Communication, The Polytechnic Calabar (1978-1981); Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simpson’s College, Indianola, Iowa (1976-1977); Research Assistant, Media and Publications, Department of Special Support Services, University of Iowa, USA (1978-1977); Visiting Staff Lecturer, Agency for International Development (AID) Workshops, Michigan State University, Baton Rouge, Michigan, USA. (1973-1975); Instructor, Department of English and Humanities, Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA (Summer 1973)

 

As a distinguished Administrator and public servant, Bishop Prof Ahaziah Umanah has at numerous times been trusted with positions of great responsibilities where he performed creditably. Some of these are: Director, Higher Education and Development Outreach, New Covenant Faith and Miracle Arena Inc., Bronx, New York, USA (Jan 2005-2006); Executive Chairman, Etim Ekpo Local Government Caretaker Committee (May 1994-September 1995); Director, Public Affairs and Information, National Planning Commission, The Presidency, Lagos/Abuja (1993-April 1994); Special Assistant to the Hon. Minister of Trade and Tourism, Ministry of Trade and Tourism, Abuja (1990-1993); Member, Board of Directors, Akwa Ibom Newspaper Limited, Uyo. (September 1989-1991); Assistant Director, Information and Programmes Support Communication, Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFFRI), The Presidency, National Assembly Complex, Lagos (August 1988 – November 1990); General Manager, Cross River State Newspaper Corporation, Calabar (October 1981-1983); Principal Research Consultant – Media and Information, Where One or More Gather Inc., Davenport, Iowa, USA (1976-1977); Secretary, Akwa Ibom State Development Trust Fund (2001-2005); Director, Akwa Ibom Newspapers Limited (1989-June 1991); Member, Newspaper Proprietor Association of Nigeria (1980-1984)

 

As a consummate politician and social critic, he has earned portfolios such as: Contributor to the Nigerian Outlook Newspaper, Enugu (1962-1964); Columnist (International Affairs) The Daily Iowan, Iowa city, Iowa, USA (1971-1972); Columnist, The Nigerian Chronicle, Calabar (1978-1982); Bi-Weekly Commentator, Cross River Radio Programme, “The People’s Right to Know” and in NTA Calabar (1979-1982); Producer WSUI-KSUI National Public Radio, Iowa city, Iowa, USA (1976-1977); Consultant Director of Organization and Publicity, United Party of Nigeria, Cross Rivers State (1981-1983)

 

Bishop Prof Ahaziah is the author of several books and his academic works have been published in many local and foreign journals. He has attended several conferences and workshops within and outside Nigeria.

 

On the whole, Bishop Prof Ahaziah Umanah is an effective and fulfilled family man. He is thoroughbred academician and scholar. He is distinguished administrator and public servant. He is a consummate politician and social critic. He is a passionate Christian crusader and religious administrator. He is a cosmopolitan individual in services and responsibilities. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Redemption FM 101.5 Abak. The radio station is located in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

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