CAJ is a Pan-African journalist organisation with global network and without intent for competition but synergy- Adeboboye
Michael Adeboboye is the Chairman, Board of Trustees; Congress of African Journalists. In this interview with Moïse Manoel, he speaks on the objectives of the organisation extension and vision to improving the journalism profession and protecting the practitioners. Excerpts:
Can you tell us about the CAJ?
Congress of African Journalists is a vanguard organisation which objectives weave around promoting the ethics of the profession, establishing good governance in the administration of journalism while creating a pedestal for empowerment through training, seminar, and workshop aimed to upskill. CAJ has 10 major objectives that you can see on its website; www.congressofafricanjournalists.org
How do you plan to establish the organisation?
Establishing an organisation goes with legal steps in order to secure a legitimate status. CAJ is a registered organisation with headquarters in Nigeria, West Africa. The organisation has its leadership in all the regions of the continent and coordinators in over 25 different African countries. CAJ is not just only a continental organisation, it has a global extension as its members are in the Diaspora which makes it the 6th region as defined by the African Union. So we are already on ground. We had been silent in a way for strategic purposes.
What is the qualification for membership of CAJ?
Like I mentioned earlier, membership of the organisation is opened to all journalists of African origin within the continent and Diaspora (those that trace their roots in Africa). So the organisation is an umbrella for people making legitimate earnings from practising journalism in all its forms and in accordance with global ethical standards of the pen profession. To be a legitimate member, interested practitioner must be duly registered. CAJ has categories of membership from professional, to Affiliate, Associate, and Veteran etc. Bloggers are also qualified. Although it is known that numerous bloggers are not professionally trained as journalists, but since their operations are legal and deal in information dissemination, they are privilege to register as member of CAJ.
What is the relationship between CAJ and other journalist associations?
Most of the journalist and media organisations have objectives that are similar to that of CAJ. As a matter of fact, CAJ as an organisation is guided by understanding the critical role that information plays in the development trajectory of Africa and thus seeks to encourage the networking of its members. CAJ does not define itself as a rival organisation or competitor. Our organisation is opened to synergy, partnership, collaboration and cooperation with other journalist associations and organisations having similar objectives or projects relevant to our vision. In reality, we should all be partners in progress. As a pan-African organisation with an international network, we want to join the voices of our colleagues in order to work together against obstacles to the free exercise of our professional obligations. Every journalist organisation wants improvement in the practice of the profession. They want save environment for the practitioners. They want better living condition for their members. Apparently, CAJ incorporate the aforementioned in its vision. Another objective of CAJ apart from empowering and protecting media professionals of African descents across the globe also aimed at encouraging good leadership from all walks of life and promote black excellence.
List of CAJ officials :
Michael A. Adeboboye
Chairman, Board of Trustees/President (International)
Emmanuella Maikem Manzie
Secretary Board of Trustees/Vice President CAJ Central Africa
Ashraf Aboul Yazid Dali
Member, Board of Trustees/Vice President, CAJ, North Africa
Member, Board of Trustees/Vice President, CAJ West Africa
Emmanuel N. Ketaman
Member, Board of Trustees/CAJ Director of Fund Raising
Ambe MacMillan Awa
Member, Board of Trustees
Member Board of Trustees
Mohammed Ibrahim Nur Moalimuu
Vice President, CAJ, East Africa
Habibat Bolaji Salami
Vice President, CAJ Diaspora
Ajong Mbapndah Laurean
Member, Board of Trustees/International Liaison (USA)
Edache Qlaypole Ochola
Member, Board of Trustees
Kudita Makwenzi Admire
Member, Board of Trustees/Vice President, Southern Africa
Mike James Odeh
Director of Media and Publicity, CAJ
Financial Secretary CAJ, CEC