Dr. Beatrice Chinyelu Okonkwo




Mass Communication



Beatrice Chinyelu Okonkwo holds a PhD (Development Communication) and M.Sc. in Mass Communication from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, a B.Sc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an M.Sc. in Public Administration from the University of Benin. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication and joined the department from the public sector where she had served for several years in different capacities as a Permanent Secretary, Executive Secretary and Director in the Information Sector. Her vast diverse experiences from the public sector span a gamut of knowledge and practice in the management of government information, membership of educational institution governing councils, diplomacy, and public administration. Dr. Okonkwo has served in various positions at State, National and International levels with organizations such as the WHO, JAMB, NCWS, UNFPA, NIPR, the IIJ and is a member of the National Institute (mni) having attended the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru.

Her research interests are in the areas of Development Communication, Health Communication, Gender Studies, Public Relations, and similar areas of Media Studies.

Recent Publications (Articles, Books, Book Chapters/Sections, Proceedings, etc.)

Mohammed, A & Okonkwo, B. (2021) Why Trusting NCDC Information is Difficult: A Study of the Awareness, Knowledge and Perception of Nigerians Hesitant Towards Covid-19 Management by NCDC in Nigeria. Manuscript accepted for publication.

Okonkwo, B, Suemo, J., & Dogo, S., (2020). Assessment of the Application of Public Relations Strategies in Managing Herdsmen/Farmers Crisis: A Study of Flash Point Areas in Benue State, African Journal of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol.9, No. 2, December 2020

Nwuneli, O., Omenugha, K., Okonkwo, B., Dunu,I., Adum, A., & Uzochukwu, C. (2012). Community Impact Assessment of Partnership Programs and Development Projects Between Anambra State Government and Some Development Partners, 2006-2011.

Oji, M. & B. Okonkwo (2009). The EFCC and the emergence of 2007 presidential candidates in Nigeria: A critical analysis of political communication of principal actors, Journal of Social Policy and Society, 1(1): 20-27.

Courses/Modules Taught

Modules Taught

  • Organization and Management of Advertising and PR Agencies.
  •  Media Law and Ethics
  •  Issues in Nigerian Mass Media History
  •  Publishing Sequence