The Governing Council of the British American University (BAU International), Florida, United States, has awarded the chief executive of The Radiance Online Newspaper, Mr Banji Ayoola a honourary doctorate degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Causa) in Creative Writing and Journalism.
This was conveyed to him in a letter signed by the University’s Africa President/Chancellor in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin, Prof. Mohammed Omolaja. The letter read partly: “You have been awarded a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Honoris Causa) in Creative Writing and Journalism. For this honor, we expect you to reciprocate by being a good ambassador of the University at all times and in all places. On behalf of the Management and Governing Council of the University, please accept my hearty congratulations.”
Responding, Ayoola thanked the University for the honour. He said: “Deeply from within me, I thank the British American Universityfor this kind honour, which would encourage me to do better in my striving to be a better human being, using the human words to make my humble contribution to the ongoing rebuilding of the earth into a haven of peace for all its
inhabitants. I am passionate about spreading honey joyfully across frontiers, to build bridges of love linking all human beings everywhere on earth, irrespective of all artificial divisions, race, colour, religion, social bracket or whatever, into a single amily, united in the volition to make the earth a better place, where we will all live together in true joy, harmony and peace, in bliss.”
This passion, he said, informed the Mission of the gradually developing The Radiance, which he described as “an ndependent and influential online newspaper, that is out to be the preference of all discerning newspaper readers who care for quality, objectivity, fairness, accuracy, balance and truth.” He spoke further of the newspaper’s Mission as follows: “We pledge to
seriously report all issues of public interest refreshingly and truthfully as we observe the golden ethics of Journalism. We will always strive to be impartial in our endeavours to disseminate news and information that would educate, inform and entertain our esteemed readers.
Ayoola, who started his Journalism career in The Guardian, serving as the paper’s Police Affairs Reporter and Ondo State Correspondent between 1989 and 1999, moved over to The Comet and served in the latter capacity and Deputy News Editor . He worked as the Editor of The Hope, a newspaper published by the Ondo State Government, until March 2018,
when he bowed out to run The Radiance.
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